Home Bomb threat called in to Dairy Queen tracked to prison in Alabama

Bomb threat called in to Dairy Queen tracked to prison in Alabama

Verona Dairy Queen
Photo courtesy Augusta County Sheriff’s Office

A bomb threat on Friday night at the Dairy Queen location in Verona turned out to be a hoax.

However, out of an abundance of caution, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office said there was additional law enforcement, fire and rescue presence throughout the area during the investigation.

The ACSO reports that a call came in just before 9:30 p.m. with the caller alleging there were multiple explosive devices at the restaurant. Deputies evacuated the Dairy Queen at 79 Lee Highway and closed the building for the night.

An explosive detective K-9 unit from the University of Virginia Police Department was utilized to safely search and determine that no explosive devices were in the vicinity.

The sheriff’s office has determined that the call came from a prison in Clio, Alabama.

The sheriff’s office is in contact with authorities in Alabama and are currently investigating the inmate responsible for making this threat.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.

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