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A metro-east mall will reopen Friday morning after a bomb scare closed it early Thursday afternoon.
Fairview Heights Police say a little before 4:00 p.m. they received a call from someone who said they had planted several explosive devices inside St. Clair Square. Police notified mall officials and the building was quickly evacuated.
Fairview Heights police, U.S. Marshals, St. Clair County Sheriff's Deputies, Illinois State Police and bomb units from Scott Air Force Base spent about five hours searching the mall and all 144 shops using bomb sniffing dogs, but found nothing. The all clear was sounded about 8:30 Thursday night.
Police have now shifted their focus to find the person who made the bomb threat. Anyone with information is urged to call Fairview Heights Police.
A suspect is in custody after a bomb scare in Shiloh, Illinois Thursday afternoon.
FBI officials say they learned of a bomb threat about 2:00 p.m.
Special Agents and Bomb Technicians from the FBI, the Illinois State Police Hazardous Device Unit and the Shiloh Police responded to a home in the first block of Twin Oaks Drive.
Several nearby homes were evacuated while bomb technicians used a robotic device to locate, identify, and disarm potential explosive devices inside the home.
The suspect's identity hasn't been released. The FBI continues to investigate.
No explosive devices were found at Francis Howell North after a bomb threat was discovered Monday morning.
Just before 11 AM, the threat was found written on a bathroom wall. School officials evacuated students to the nearby Francis Howell Central. St. Peters Police and the St. Louis Airport Canine unit search the building, but found no explosive devices.
The school posted a message to Facebook saying students were being moved back to Francis Howell North and after school activities would continue as planned.
Officials remind students that false bomb threats are illegal.
The full letter is below:
This is a follow-up to the building evacuation that began this morning at Francis Howell North (FHN) High School due to a bomb threat.
The building was completely evacuated and students and staff were relocated to Francis Howell Central (FHC) High School. Officials from the St. Peters Police Department and the St. Louis Airport Canine Unit arrived on campus immediately to conduct a thorough inspection. No explosive devices were found. Students and staff will return to FHN beginning at 1:00 PM. After school events will continue as planned. Students will follow the end of day dismissal procedures from FHN and school will be held as usual on Tuesday, September 24.
Bomb threats are taken very seriously and represent a potential danger to the safety and welfare of students and staff. Such threats disrupt the instructional program and learning environment and also place significant demands on school resources and public safety services. False bomb threats are a crime under Missouri law, and charges will be filed if the individual responsible for this incident is caught.
I encourage parents to talk with your child about the seriousness of threats and the importance of reporting suspicious activities, threats or disturbing information to a trusted adult.
I would like to compliment the students, staff and authorities for the way they handled this situation.
FHN Associate Principal
ST. CHARLES, Ill. (AP) - Three courthouses in Kane County are open again after being evacuated due to bomb threats.
The Kane County Sheriff's Office says on its Twitter account that the courthouses were reopened Wednesday afternoon and "no suspicious items were found." Lt. Pat Gengler is with the Kane County Sheriff's Office. He says officers were investigating "a series of bomb threats" made against the three separate courthouses.
The facilities evacuated Wednesday morning include the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles and the Elgin Branch Court in Elgin. Also the Kane Branch Court and Kane County Clerk's office, which are in the same building in St. Charles.
A bomb threat has forced the evacuation of an Afton business this afternoon.
Fox 2 reports that all employees at Kerry Ingredients were ordered out of the building around 1:30. The St. Louis County Police say the threat indicated the bomb would go off "within an hour and a half." Bomb squads are on the scene.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Murphy said teachers found a note on a desk at St. Clair Junior High that said there was an explosive device in the building. The students were evacuated around eleven the the high school gym.
Fox 2 reports the all clear has been given and students have returned to class.