Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Georgetown Times was evacuated and a portion of Front Street was blocked to traffic for about 45 minutes Thursday after a bomb threat was called into the newspaper office.
Georgetown police and city firefighters responded after the call was received at about 11:45 a.m.
The caller reportedly said there was a bomb in the building and immediately hung up.
“We responded to the scene and set up a perimeter,” said Police Capt. Nelson Brown. Employees waited across Front Street as police searched the building.
“We went in and searched the building for any suspicious packages,” said Brown.
After nothing was found, Publisher John Carr made the decision to allow workers back inside the building, Brown added.
On Thursday afternoon, steps were being taken to try to trace the call.
“There will be a followup investigation,” said Brown. He said Carr “could not specify any particular incident or person” that may be responsible.
Times Editor Tommy Howard said the newspaper is grateful to Georgetown police and fire departments for their quick response, adding “these professionals handled the call thoroughly and efficiently."
Howard also said “The Georgetown Times has been publishing for 215 years. We don't know right now whether this was just someone's foolish prank or something much more serious. But, we will continue to pursue local news wherever it may take us. We take the telephone threat seriously, and we also take our responsibility to cover the news and our community seriously."