Hundreds Evacuated After Bomb Threat at Jewish Community Center in Rockville

PHOTO | Bender JCCGW

PHOTO | Bender JCCGW

Hundreds of people were evacuated from a Jewish Community Center today after a bomb threat was received around noon at the Bender JCC of Greater Washington on Montrose Road in Rockville.

CEO Michael Feinstein said the caller was a woman who stated there was a bomb in the building.

According to Feinstein, it was unclear if the threat was credible so a decision to evacuate the building was made. He said there were about 300 people in the building, including preschool children and staff, when it was evacuated.

Police, firefighters and representatives from the fire marshal’s office responded, and it took about an hour before the building was reopened.

No device was found, said Officer Rebecca Innocenti of the Montgomery County Police Department. Innocenti said police continue to investigate who made the phone call.

Feinstein said he has learned that 16 other Jewish community centers in nine states across the country also received bomb threats today.

For more information, visit the Bender JCC website, here.

Sonya Burke

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Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at sburke@mymcmedia.org or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.

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