Wed, Nov 29, 2006
Flights Cancelled, Airport Evacuated
Operations at Modesto City-County Municipal Airport ground to a
halt Tuesday, when the central California airport closed following
a series of anonymous bomb threats.
Flights were cancelled, and the airport was evacuated at
noon Tuesday, according to CBS. Bomb sniffing dogs were sent in to
sweep the terminal for possible explosives.
Media reports indicate the airport manager received a series of
bomb threats through email. The Modesto Police Webmaster also
reportedly received nine emails, saying multiple bombs had been
placed at the airport between 4 am and 8 am Tuesday morning.
Local authorities said the threats appeared genuine... but
federal security and law enforcement officials later described the
threat as "non-specific," adding "we do NOT deem it credible."
As of Tuesday night, the airport was still closed.
Modesto is served commercially by SkyWest Airlines, flying as
United Express to San Francisco.
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