Bomb threat at Jewish center in St. Louis County

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis County police responded to a bomb threat at The J – St. Louis Wednesday morning.

The J is located off Schuetz Road near N. Lindbergh Boulevard.

According to a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, the bomb scare was reported around 9 a.m. The threat was made via email.

Authorities arrived at the scene with bomb-sniffing dogs at 10 a.m. to examine the building. No one was evacuated.

In all, seven police units responded to The J: five from St. Louis County, one from St. Louis City, and one from St. Louis Airport. Four of the units had K9s with them.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrived at the scene just before 10:45 a.m. The Federal Bureau of Investigation was also contacted for assistance.

Lynn Wittels, CEO of the St. Louis Jewish Community Center, sent the following security alert to all members:

This morning, our J along with others, received a bomb threat via email. We do not believe it to have merit (no other threats in the country have resulted in incident), and after consultation with law enforcement, we will not evacuate but will be conducting a perimeter search and building inspection. The facilities are open and operating at this time.

We expect the search/inspection to take a couple of hours and will let you know when we receive the all-clear.

The JCC was given an all-clear by 11:50 a.m.