Bomb threat cancels Mason, Moeller game; threats at Colerain HS, mall

UPDATE @ 9:50 p.m. (Sept. 9)

Two more bomb threats came in tonight, one at Colerain High School and the third at the Cincinnati Mall, which straddles Fairfield and Forest Park on the border between Butler and Hamilton counties.

Colerain Twp. police and Northwest Local School District officials decided not to evacuate because the Colerain, LaSalle High School game was in the final minutes and the threat was not imminent, our media partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported.

Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies were already at the game, and several Colerain officers joined them. Once the game ended, police blocked several streets near the school. Parents picking up students from the Colerain game were directed to the Home Depot parking lot at Colerain Avenue and Joseph Road, WCPO reported.

It is not clear whether all three are connected, but Mason police said tonight they would work with Cincinnati police to see if there was a connection to the Thursday bomb threat at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

UPDATE @ 9:20 p.m. (Sept. 9)

Mason police Lt. Jeff Burson said the threat came in shortly before 6 p.m. The caller, using a blocked number, said he had planted six pipe bombs in tailgate areas around Mason High School’s Atrium Stadium and that responding officers would be shot.

Officers responded to the school, and the tailgate area and stadium were quickly evacuated, he said. The Butler County Bomb Squad responded to assist Mason police. Nothing was found, but police were still searching as of 8:45 p.m.

Authorities are committed to finding who is responsible, Burson said. The person or people responsible could face charges including making false alarms and making terroristic threats. Anyone with information is urged to call Mason police at 513-229-8560.

Mason police also will work with Cincinnati police to see if there is any connection to the bomb threat made Thursday against the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

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UPDATE @ 7:10 p.m. (Sept. 9)

The Butler County bomb squad was called to assist Mason police regarding a bomb threat made tonight at the Mason High School stadium, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.

Mason City School District officials released a statement regarding the threat and cancellation of tonight’s football game between Mason and Moeller high schools.

The football game was canceled for Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium after a detailed threat that included a bomb threat was called into the Mason Police Department, according to the district. The game had a particularly high attendance because it also featured a community tailgate. The stadium and arena parking lot, which was the site of the tailgate, were cleared after the threat and the property evacuated while police worked to check for possible explosives, according to the district’s statement.

“We take every threat extremely seriously, and greatly appreciate the quick actions of our families, coaches, students and spectators who responded very well in a difficult situation. We also appreciate our law enforcement partners diligence,” stated Gail Kist-Kline, Mason City Schools superintendent.

The game will be rescheduled, but a date was not set.

FIRST REPORT

A bomb threat tonight has forced the evacuation of a high school stadium and led to the cancellation of the Mason and Moeller football game.

The Mason High School athletic director said they got a call saying six pipe bombs were planted in tailgate areas around the stadium. The stadium was evacuated around 6 p.m., and authorities were on scene investigating the threat, our media partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported.

The Moeller High School football team got back on buses to head back to their school, and the Mason High School football team also was seen coming out of the locker rooms and was sent home during the evacuation.

It has not yet been determined when the game will be rescheduled, WCPO reported.

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