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Grenade Threat Clears Bergen Courthouse, Administration, BCC Buildings

Several sites were evacuated and searched.
Several sites were evacuated and searched. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. -- Emailed threats Thursday morning that grenades had been strategically placed cleared three Bergen County institutions -- the courthouse, the administration building and Bergen Community College's campuses -- causing a logistical headache, authorities said.

The County Counsel's office received the initial threat. It specifically cited a judge, in a repeat of a threat last Friday.

Just as last week, authorities "have no evidence whatsoever that there is any substance at all to these threats," William Schievella, public information director for Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino, told Daily Voice.

As per protocol, the county Bomb Squad investigated each threat, with K-9 units sweeping the evacuated buildings.

"You can imagine the resources that have to be used in order to evacuate, secure and search these buildings," Schievella said.

Bergen Community College has three campuses -- in Paramus, Lyndhurst and Hackensack. All were to remain closed for the searches until 2 p.m.

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