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JCC in West Hartford Back to Normal after Email Bomb Threat Received

The Mandell JCC in West Hartford was evacuated Wednesday due to a bomb threat, Courtesy photo
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West Hartford Police said that several individuals at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford received email threats overnight.

The Mandell JCC in West Hartford was evacuated Wednesday due to a bomb threat, Courtesy photo

A bomb threat was emailed to employees at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford on Wednesday. (we-ha.com file photo)

By Ronni Newton

Several employees of the Mandell JCC in West Hartford received threatening emails just after midnight Wednesday, stating that bombs were planted in the building, but West Hartford Police said that the situation was resolved quickly and that nothing was found.

According to West Hartford Police Capt. Frank Fallon, the emailed threats – which were not seen until employees reported to work on Wednesday and were then reported to police immediately – were similar and very straightforward, and appeared “robo-written.”

“The vernacular was off,” Fallon said.

The threat was determined not to be credible and nothing was found in the building. Fallon said that the protocols which have been put into place with the JCC were followed quickly.

On Feb. 27, West Hartford Police and other law enforcement agencies responded to a telephoned bomb threat at the Hebrew High School of New England, which is located right across the street from the JCC. On Jan. 18, the Mandell JCC was evacuated following a bomb threat which was also found not to be credible.

Threats have been made to other Jewish organizations throughout the country at the same time as those made in West Hartford. According to CNN, a wave of threats were made Tuesday at Jewish community centers and Anti-Defamation League offices throughout the country.

Programs at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford will take place as scheduled for the remainder of the day. “It was a very efficient morning and business was back to usual very quickly,” Fallon said.

West Hartford Police said that the case has been referred to the FBI.

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