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Bomb threat evacuates 23 schools

October 07, 1997

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - About 8,000 students in 23 schools plus the administrative building in the Chambersburg Area School District were evacuated Monday morning after someone called and said there was a bomb somewhere in the district, according to district spokesperson Lynn Lerew.

"To us, the district means 250 square miles and 24 buildings," Lerew said.

The call came into the district's switchboard at 7:45 a.m.

Chambersburg Borough Police and Pennsylvania State Police looked through all of the empty buildings "for anything suspicious" before faculty and students were allowed to return, delaying some classes and activities up to 1 1/2 hours, Lerew said.

Sprint telephone company attempted to trace the call and police are also investigating the threat, he said.

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