A threatening phone call claiming a bomb had been set within the Creve Coeur campus of the St. Louis Jewish Community Center, or JCC, triggered an evacuation of the facility this morning. The JCC location in Chesterfield was evacuated as well.
The call came in around 10 a.m., says St. Louis County Police Department spokesman Benjamin Granda. Although it appears the call was an empty threat — a search of the grounds has so far come up empty — the department has deployed bomb-sniffing dogs to scour the campus."This is something we can't play cheap," Granda says. "The canine units are doing an exhaustive sweep."
This morning, we, along with several J's across the country received a bomb threat. Although we believed ours to be without merit (no other threats resulted in an incident), we took the threat seriously and evacuated both locations. We are working with local and federal law enforcement and will communicate again when we have received the all clear. We have every expectation that we will re-open the buildings in a few hours.”