After it was believed that a man was making a bomb threat in a Witchita, Kansas, Home Depot, police were called in.
The Sedgwick County Communications recently released the 911 audio where the caller informs the operator that someone may have made a bomb threat, KWCH reports.
“We just had a customer here made what may have been a bomb threat,” the caller said. “He said, uh, somebody told me there’s a bomb in here and you need to leave the building. He said it three times.”
Staff was then promptly alerted about the “bomb threat” after a person overheard the man in the store’s restroom.
But authorities quickly learned that the threat was actually just a euphemism made by a man who really had to go to the bathroom.
“You all need to get out of here because I’m fixin’ to blow it up,” the man allegedly said.
A witness to the alleged bomb about to be dropped in the bathroom believed it was a joke and laughed at the man.
Police were able to track down the man and clear up the misunderstanding.
This is actually not the first time an incident like this has occurred, surprisingly.
Back in November, a New Orleans man was arrested after he allegedly threatened to blow up Willie’s Chicken shack — saying he was going to “blow the bathroom up” but meant with a “bowel movement.”
The man in question, Arthur Posey, faced two charges of communicating false information of planned arson.
Bomb threats are usually reported via telephone, according to the University of California.
They recommend that should you ever be in the unfortunate position of receiving a bomb threat via telephone, to follow these steps.
- Take the caller seriously.
- Ask a lot of questions, (see list below).
- Take notes on everything said and heard, including background noise, voice characteristics, etc.
- Keep the caller on the line as long as possible by asking questions.
- If the caller hangs up do not use the telephone on which the threat was received.
- Call the police immediately after call from another telephone, or ask another person call the police immediately.
- Police will determine if you need to evacuate.
- Do not re-enter the building until instructed to do so.
Also, it is important to note that you should not search for the explosive devices or touch any suspicious or unusual objects.
Some questions to ask the caller while you are on the line with them are:
- When will the bomb explode?
- Where is it?
- What does it look like?
- What kind of bomb is it? What will cause it to explode?
- Why was it placed in the building?
- Did you place the bomb?
- What is your name?
Another important tip? Do your best to identify the caller’s gender, approximate age, voice characteristics as well as background noises.
If you do receive a suspicious package, letter, or object under any circumstances, do not touch it, tamper with it, or move it.
It could be a bomb and potentially fatal. Be sure to call 911 if you have any suspicions.
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