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Powell Middle School evacuated after bomb threat

Published:   |   Updated: November 26, 2013 at 07:09 PM

BROOKSVILLE - Powell Middle School students were evacuated Tuesday morning after the school received a bomb threat call.

District spokesperson Roy Gordon said the call came in at 11:39 a.m.

The sheriff's office said information was reported to them via an anonymous caller through a tip line of a possible bomb threat at the school stemming from a call placed two hours earlier on a local morning radio talk show.

Deputies and Hernando County Fire/Rescue personnel were immediately dispatched to the school, and all children and staff were evacuated.

"Deputies completed a thorough sweep," sheriff's office spokesman Denise Moloney said. "No suspicious devices or chemicals were located."

While the above search was underway, investigators determined that a radio show listener apparently heard a portion of a local morning radio show about campus safety, the sheriff's office said.

The tipster used that information to generate the call to the tip line two hours later, telling the sheriff's office that a radio show caller had made a specific threat toward the school.

"It is unknown at this time if the tipster accidentally or intentionally misinterpreted the radio show call, but a review of the broadcast by sheriff's office investigators revealed that no bomb threat was made or implied by the caller to the show," Moloney said.

The investigation is on-going, she added.

Deputies cleared students and staff to reenter the buildings around 1:15 p.m., Gordon said.

Gordon said he is not aware of any person who has been detained in relation to the incident.

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