Baltimore JCCs face another bomb threat

The Baltimore JCCs were targeted again with bomb threats.

Jewish Community Center facilities in the Baltimore area received an emailed bomb threat Wednesday, the fourth such threat this year.

The JCC facilities in Owings Mills and on Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore opened at 11:30 a.m. after the buildings were swept by law enforcement and cleared by bomb-sniffing dogs, JCC officials said in an email to members.

The Park Heights facility has twice been targeted with phone bomb threats, and the Owings Mills facility targeted once. Similar threats have hit JCCs and Jewish day schools across the country. All have been determined to be hoaxes.

"Thank you for your patience this morning as we worked with our security consultants, local law enforcement and our J security team to ensure the safety of our facilities following a new late night email threat that included both bomb and active shooter threats," JCC officials wrote in an email to members. "As of this email communication, we have been notified of similar email threats to JCCs in St. Louis, Omaha, and Atlanta.... We are working very closely with the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, the Secure Community Network, and local law enforcement to put an end to these disturbing threats."

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