Bomb threat closes GH McDonald's for 2 hours

Becky Vargo • Oct 24, 2017 at 6:42 PM

The McDonald’s restaurant in Grand Haven was evacuated and closed for nearly two hours Tuesday afternoon after receiving a bomb threat.

Police responded to the restaurant at 1617 S. Beacon Blvd. at 3:12 p.m. after an employee reported taking a call of a bomb threat. The restaurant was immediately evacuated and barricades were put up in front it.

Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said they then waited for Michigan State Police to come from Grand Rapids with a bomb-sniffing dog. Max, the Grand Haven department’s K-9, is not a bomb dog, Hawke said.

A state police trooper arrived with his K-9 partner shortly after 4:30 p.m. The officers checked the perimeter of the building as well as the inside of the restaurant before giving the all clear.

“The threat was unfounded,” Hawke said. “There was no bomb.”

“We were lucky there was a bomb dog so close by,” said Sgt. Lee Adams of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety, after telling employees they could go back into the store shortly before 5 p.m.

Although it was possible the bomb threat call was a prank, police did not treat it as such.

“We take all threats seriously until proven otherwise,” Hawke said.

Police would not say at the time whether or not they believed the call was a “swatting” incident. Swatting is an act of deceiving an emergency service into sending officials to another address, based on the report of something like a bomb threat.

Hawke said the incident is still under investigation. 

An official from McDonald’s referred all questions to police.


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