City buildings, streets evacuated after bomb threat

October 11, 1997|By SUN STAFF

A man calling from a Lexington Market pay phone threatened yesterday to blow up three city buildings, including City Hall, forcing police to evacuate hundreds of workers and close several downtown streets.

Police said the caller told a 911 emergency dispatcher at 11: 50 a.m. of three bombs, one each hidden in City Hall at 100 N. Holiday St.; the Abel Woman Municipal Building at 200 N. Holiday St.; and One Calvert Plaza at 201 E. Baltimore St. That building contains many city offices.

Private security guards and police officers searched each of the buildings for about 20 minutes before determining the call was a fake. Police said the man -- who apparently called more than once -- did not give specific locations or target any city official. Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke was not in his office at the time.

Traffic was rerouted at the start of the lunch hour, causing delays. The streets were reopened about 12: 20 p.m. Police were not able to find the caller.

Pub Date: 10/11/97

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