NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A bomb threat investigation was underway at a behavioral health facility in New Haven on Tuesday. The threat was cleared, but now investigators are working to find out who is responsible.
According to Director of Emergency Operations Rick Fontana, a bomb threat was called into Retreat Behavioral Health at 915 Ella T. Grasso Blvd. at around 3:40 p.m.
Approximately 50 patients and 20 staff were evacuated from the building.
“Retreat Behavioral Health received a report of a bomb threat this afternoon. Our dedicated staff immediately contacted New Haven Police about the incident and evacuated the building. Law enforcement and other agencies quickly responded to the scene. Our patients and staff are being transported to a local church to get out of the cold. The health and safety of our patients, staff, and community remain our top priority.”Statement on behalf of Retreat Behavorial Health
The Hazardous Device Team was on-site for the investigation. New Haven Police asked the public to avoid the area. The Ella Grasso was temporarily shut down between Legion Avenue and Columbus Boulevard.
This comes after several bomb threats were called into Yale University in New Haven last week.
Around 5:45 p.m., Fontana confirmed the threat had been cleared.
The investigation is ongoing.
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