ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – The Ross Park Mall re-opened at 11 a.m. Wednesday after a bomb scare.
According to Ross Township Police, around 5:50 a.m. a mall employee found a note in a public bathroom indicating there was a bomb in the building.
“Everything has been deemed safe. There was never any threat. Nobody was actually ever in any danger. But, just because of the nature of this, we wanted to be extra cautious and have the dogs come and check the area and have officers search through the mall, to make sure that there was no device and there was no danger,” Ross Township Police Detective Brian Kolhepp said.
Police called in extra resources, getting 10 K-9 units to assist with the search of the large area. It took about three hours before the search was complete.
Detective Kohlhepp said in the past, Ross Township Police have had practice drills in the mall, which helped this morning.
“Luckily, we are well-versed with going through the mall and checking it, making sure all the areas are clear,” Detective Kohlhepp said. “We know all the back hallways, as well as the retail stores.”
Many employees were aware of the threat and closure of the mall when they arrived earlier for their shifts.
KDKA-TV’s Heather Abraham found some sitting in parking lots waiting for any news that the mall was clear of any device.
“When I got to the mall, they wouldn’t let me go any further than the Home Depot parking lot,” Arlene Belich, who works at Coldwater Creek, said.
Police assured that they would have officers and K-9s at Ross Park Mall throughout the day. The investigation into who was behind the threat is ongoing.
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