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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Bomb threat at state prison

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  • CANAAN TWP.-  Authorities are investigating a bomb threat that was made at the U.S. Penitentiary near Waymart.
        The call came in about 3:15 p.m. Sunday threatening the facility, saying there was a bomb outside, prison spokesman Paul Gibson said Monday.
        Gibson stressed there was never any threat to the community.
        The prison called the FBI and state police but are unsure of what prompted the threat.
        "We were a little puzzled about the motive," Gibson said.
        Since the alleged bomb was placed outside the prison, local police also were notified.
        Prison staff made sure all inmates were in their cells and accounted for, Gibson said.
        No bomb was found outside the 170,000 square foot facility.
        A lieutenant at the prison took the call and tried to keep the male on the line, but the caller was just "rambling" and not making much sense, Gibson said.
        The spokesman said it was the first bomb threat that he knows of at the prison.
        The high-security facility has 1,559 inmates, 1,424 at the main facility and 135 inmates at a minimum-security satellite prison camp.

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