No bomb found at either of 2 sites in Champaign

UPDATED 6:15 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN — The  UI-Champaign Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal team responded to possible bomb threats at two different locations in Champaign on Friday, but no explosives were found at either site.

The bomb squad left the Beverly Cinema 18, 910 Meijer Ave., C, at 1:10 p.m. after finding no evidence of a bomb in the theater complex.

Police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said the department’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was sent to the complex at 10:14 a.m. after the Carmike theater chain notified local police agencies that they had received a threat that bombs had been placed at a number of their theaters.

“The theater contacted police after being notified by their corporate office that an unknown caller indicated that nine of the company’s theaters had bombs placed in them,” Dunn said. “The caller did not specify which theaters were affected, and no information has been received to indicate that the Champaign location has been targeted.”

The Beverly Cinema complex was evacuated, Dunn said. She said about 20 employees were evacuated.

Dunn said a police dog sniffed throughout the complex and found no evidence of a bomb.

Beverly Cinema 18 box office employee Katie Henderson said films are being shown there as scheduled.

Then the UI-Champaign Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called to the 300 block of North Neil Street at 11:32 a.m. after a suspicious large suitcase was discovered on a sidewalk.

Dunn said a bomb sniffing dog checked out the suitcase and did not detect any explosives. Police left the scene at 2:01 p.m.
 

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