Jewish Community Center in Amherst evacuated after bomb threat


AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Jewish Community Center in Amherst was forced to evacuate after a bomb threat Monday.

The threat was received via phone around 11:15 a.m., Amherst police say. Nothing was found when the center was searched, and it was later reopened.

Buffalo’s Jewish Community Center was evacuated too as a precaution. Dogs are checking that location as a precautionary measure.

Erie County’s Central Police Services are monitoring the bomb threat are also working with authorities in Buffalo and Amherst, as well the FBI.

In January, CNN says 48 Jewish centers in the United States and Canada received bomb threats — nearly 60 of them. On Monday, 11 centers received threats.

The FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division are “investigating possible civil rights violations in connections with threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country,” the FBI said in a statement, according to CNN.

Anyone with information on the Amherst threat is asked to call police at 689-1311.

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