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February 10, 2014

Nia-Wheatfield, Falls high schools hit with bomb threat

Staff reports
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — LEWISTON — Niagara Wheatfield High School was evacuated and Niagara Falls High School was put into a state of lockdown Monday morning after a bomb threat was called in.

Building searches turned up no evidence the threat was real, according to multiple law enforcement agencies.

A threat against both schools was received by the Niagara County Sheriff's Communications Center at 7:55 a.m. Monday.

In response, Niagara Wheatfield officials ordered the school high and middle schools evacuated. Students were taken to Sanborn Volunteer Fire Company's hall on Buffalo Street. The building was searched by personnel from the sheriff's department, New York State Police, Lewiston Police Department and Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police.

The search was completed and the building declared safe at 11:20 a.m., the sheriff's office said. Students were returned to the school after that.

Students at Niagara Falls High School stayed put while bomb-sniffing dogs were taken through the building. Upon a determination that there was no bomb, the lockdown was lifted at 10:28 a.m. Niagara Falls Police Chief Bryan DalPorto described the threat as a Facebook hoax.

The sheriff's Criminal Investigation Bureau is investigating the source of the phone call in which the threats were relayed.