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A fire on East Seneca Street prompted first responders to block part of the road.

February 28, 2019

Ithaca Police Respond to Downtown Bomb Threat, Conclude No Current Public Threat

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The Ithaca Police Department responded to a bomb threat this morning at the Tompkins Financial site, according to a press release by the department.

At around 8:25 a.m., officers, assisted by the Cornell University Police Department and the Ithaca Police Department’s K-9 Unit, searched the 118 East Seneca Street location. Officers closed off the area and began a preliminary investigation. Ultimately, nothing unusual was detected and the investigators concluded that there is no threat to the public at this time.

Later Thursday morning, bank employees — who had been evacuated to the food court of Center Ithaca in response to the threat — were allowed to return, according to The Ithaca Times.

The investigation was assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact officers. The Ithaca Police tip line can be reached at (607)-330-0000, and individuals can submit tips anonymously online.