Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bomb Scare in Council Bluffs Library

Speaking of safe libraries, here is a bomb scare in the Council Bluffs Public Library, the one with the bad case of terminal cancer

Library Receives Bomb Threat

Published: Friday, March 19, 2010 11:12 AM CDT
A bomb scare disrupted the peaceful environment at the Council Bluffs Public Library Thursday.

At 6:45 p.m., library officials reported receiving a phone call from someone on a cell phone who said, “If there is a Joshua in the library, he has a bomb,” according to Council Bluffs Police Department records.  Every male in the building was identified, records stated.

The library was evacuated at about 7 o’clock, said Barbara Peterson, library director.  There “weren’t many” people in the building at the time, she said.  Police and library officials did a walk-thru of the building to check for suspicious devices.  Nothing was found.

Peterson was relieved that it was nothing more than a scare.

“It happens every once in a while different places, and I’m sorry it happened to us; but I’m just glad it was a good outcome,” she said.

By the time that was completed, it was about 8:30, so the library did not reopen, she said.

The library has caller ID, so library officials gave the number to police, who called the owner of the cell phone in for questioning.

The incident is still under investigation.

Reporter Tim Johnson can be reached at (712) 325-5750 or by e-mail at

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