LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A Little Rock board meeting abruptly stopped due to an alleged bomb threat, Little Rock Police (LRPD) confirm Tuesday night.
The building was evacuated at 6:53 p.m. as a precaution so authorities could investigate the threat.
Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. said a series of threats were made.
According to Little Rock Fire, a man called the non-emergency line saying he had a shotgun, bombs and planned on shooting people and taking hostages.
LRFD says dogs made multiple trips through the building, finding nothing and employees were later told to go back and check to see if anything was misplaced. LRFD believes the phone used to make the threat may have been a throw-away phone, making it difficult to track.
LRPD believes it the bomb threat to be a false call.
City Manager Bruce Moore says the false bomb threat at city hall had nothing to do with tonight’s agenda.
The FBI Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force was involved in the investigation.
UPDATE: Someone called saying they had a “shotgun and bombs and were going to take everyone hostage” at city hall, according to LRFD.
Police found nothing inside. Trying to track down caller now.— 𝕋𝕪𝕝𝕖𝕣 𝕋𝕙𝕠𝕞𝕒𝕤𝕠𝕟 (@TyThomason) February 20, 2019
Little Rock Police:
Earlier we responded to a bomb threat at the City Hall Board Meeting. For safety concerns, the building was evacuated. A K9 has searched the building finding nothing. At this point this appears to be a false call.— Little Rock Police (@LRpolice) February 20, 2019
Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. said in a statement on Twitter: “Due to a series of safety threats, Little Rock’s city board meeting was adjourned. Little Rock Police and Little Rock Fire safely evacuated everyone out of City Hall. City Hall will be open for regular business tomorrow morning. We are grateful for our emergency management team.”
Due to a series of safety threats, @CityLittleRock’s Board Meeting was adjourned. @LRpolice and @littlerockfire safely evacuated everyone out of City Hall. City Hall will be open for regular business tomorrow morning. We are grateful for our emergency management team.— Frank Scott, Jr. (@FrankScottJr) February 20, 2019
UPDATE: False bomb threat @LittleRockCity Hall had nothing to do w/tonights agenda accd’g to City Mgr. Bruce Moore. Also @littlerockfire believes phone used to make threat may have been a throw-away phone… difficult to track. No injuries. #Arnews— Kevin Kelly (@kkelly16) February 20, 2019