Bomb threat closes Gilchrist Co. schools Wednesday

Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 8:54 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 8:54 a.m.

Gilchrist County schools are closed today because of a bomb mailed to Trenton Elementary School that was opened Tuesday night, authorities reported.

Bomb sniffing dogs from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the University of Florida Police Department were called to help with the search.

Alachua sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey said Wednesday morning that the elementary school was found to be clear of any explosives. He added the dogs tired and did not complete a search of the other schools.

The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office reported that staff at Trenton Elementary opened a letter at about 7:14 p.m. Tuesday with what appeared to be a bomb threat, according to a Gilchrist sheriff’s press release.

Deputies and Trenton police officers went to the school on State Road 26 to investigate, the release stated. Authorities asked for assistance from ASO and UFPD, when then sent the bomb-sniffing K-9 teams.

Because the operation was ongoing Wednesday, schools were closed for the day.

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