Three bomb threats in a month have sparked shut downs and evacuations in the county and all three came by phone. Only one of those calls led deputies back to an identified source, though.
Students and staff evacuated Coats-Erwin Middle School, which closed early Thursday morning due to a bomb threat. The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office reported deputies traced the call back to a juvenile in another state and determined the threat to be a hoax. But that was only after deputies and K9 officers from the county, State Capitol Police and Fort Bragg’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit came in to investigate the threat and search the scene.
Officers found no explosive devices as parents filed in to pick up their children from a playing field behind the school around 10:15 a.m.
The bomb scare came one week after another threat shut down the Harnett County Courthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 6. No devices were found in that search, either, after deputies, Fort Bragg officers and State Capitol Police searched the area.
A bomb threat at the same courthouse shut down operations days earlier.
The two phone calls, threatening a bomb was in the courthouse, were linked to internet phone addresses. The source of those calls remains unknown.