Police have given the all clear following an evacuation order as a result of a bomb threat at the Legoland amusement park and hotel in Florida.
Officials of the amusement park said the threat, received shortly before 12:00 noon on Thursday, was considered a hoax. Evacuation of the guests was carried out in less than an hour, according to the police.
As reported by Reuters, no explosives were discovered. The all clear was given by the police around five hours after the threat was received.
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“At this time, we believe this is a hoax, but we take all threats seriously,” Adrian Jones, general manager of Legoland Florida Resort, in a statement. The decision of evacuation of guests “was made in an abundance of caution at the advice of law enforcement,” Jones added.
While members of staff or guests on the property have been reportedly injured, park officials said the property will remain closed for the rest of Thursday.
As reported by WFTS, Legoland offered a statement, saying, “Earlier today a bomb threat was discovered on our property. We have evacuated the theme park and hotel for the safety and security of our guests and employees – which remains our #1 priority. We are working closely with Winter Haven PD to assess the validity of the threat.”
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Guests were only allowed in their respective rooms after 5 p.m.
Police chief David Brannan said everyone was accounted for and the area was declared safe for driving. According to News Chief, The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the State Fire Marshal and bomb squads from Hillsborough County were assisting the police in conducting a search of the area.
“It’s frustrating because we’re with children and they’re tired,” Sabina Rafalovich, who had come from New York with her family, said. “It’s tough because you’re only here for a maximum amount of days and you try to maximize your time.”