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No bombs found after threats at Armstrong schools

By Brigid Beatty and Brad Pedersen
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 11:15 a.m.

Hours of searching by police turned up nothing after bomb threats led to the evacuation of students in Ford City and West Shamokin junior-senior high schools Wednesday morning.

In Ford City, the bomb threat was found in a girl's locker room about 10:50 a.m. The note said the bomb was set to go off in two hours, said borough police Sgt. John Atherton. Students and staff were moved to an undisclosed location.

Borough police, firefighters and deputies from the Armstrong County Sheriff's Department were assisted by police from Pittsburgh and Westmoreland County — which have bomb-detection dogs — to help in the Ford City investigation.

“We're unsure of who made the threat, but we're hoping law enforcement can make an arrest at some point,” Ford City Principal Michael Cominos said. “All of our students are safe and accounted for, which is the most important thing.”

State police were dispatched to West Shamokin at 9:30 a.m. when a student noticed a note scrawled on the wall of a boys restroom that said: “Boom at 2:20,” Trooper Terry Geibel said.

Police believe the threat was written between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

Students and staff in West Shamokin were evacuated to the football stadium, where they remained for more than three hours while state police investigated the threat using bomb-detection dogs.

School buses were brought in to provide a temporary warm shelter for students who were feeling cold during the evacuation, police said.

West Shamokin Principal Stephen Shutters did not comment on the investigation but wrote in an email that the Armstrong School District planned to use its automated call system Wednesday to tell parents about the evacuation and police search.

Brigid Beatty and Brad Pedersen are staff writers for Trib Total Media. Beatty can be reached at Pedersen can be reached at



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