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Jewish Community Center in Tucson given all clear after bomb threat

Tucson JCC on lockdown after bomb threat
Posted at 6:43 PM, Feb 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-28 00:26:10-05

The Tucson Jewish Community Center has been given the all clear after officers investigated a bomb threat that was called in by someone. 

The threat was phoned in around 6 p.m. according to Sgt. Peter Dugan with the Tucson Police Department. 

According to Dugan, the threat was made to the parking lot of the center. 

Everyone inside was sheltered in place. 

The bomb squad investigated and did not locate anything. 

Our sister station, ABC15 in Phoenix, has reported that the Scottsdale Jewish Community Center received a similar threat but was given an all clear as well. 

This comes after Jewish Community Centersacross the nation have been getting threats.

The Tucson JCC released the following statement last week on February 21:

Dear members and friends,
The J is strongly rooted in our community and we are proud of the role that we play serving all. We invite you to join us here, alongside friends and neighbors at the Tucson J.  Be part of the strength that makes this community unique, resilient, and hopeful. 
Take a class, enjoy the pool, volunteer your time.  In this way, we can live up to the heartfelt promise shared in Psalms: “Behold, how good and pleasant it is for people to dwell together in unity.”
As you many have heard in the news, 11 Jewish community centers received phoned-in bomb threats yesterday. This comes in the aftermath of three waves of bomb threats in the past several weeks throughout North America. All bomb threats have proven to be hoaxes, and all JCCs impacted have returned to regular operations.
The Tucson J did not received a threat. In the event of one, our center has in place security protocols to ensure your safety and the safety of your family. We are continually in contact with our local law enforcement agencies to ensure your wellbeing as you enjoy the benefits of being part of The J’s family.

 No statement regarding tonight's event has been released yet.