All clear at Pitt-Bradford after bomb threat

BRADFORD – On Friday morning, the University of Pittsburgh's Bradford campus received a bomb threat similar to those that have been plaguing the university's main campus for the past two months. According to UPB Director of Communications and Marketing Pat Cercone, at 10:30 a.m. Friday the main campus received an email stating there was a bomb in Hanley Library on the Bradford campus. "The email that was received in Pittsburgh is the same kind of threat that the Pittsburgh campus has been receiving for the past several weeks," Circone said, adding that this latest correspondence also came from an anonymous sender. The email was immediately forwarded to Dan Songer, director of campus police and safety at Pitt-Bradford, and was followed up with a phone call. Cercone said at approximately 10:48 a.m., Songer ordered an evacuation of the building, and text, email and voice messages were sent out to students, faculty and others in the campus community who subscribe to the school's emergency notification system. "All faculty, staff and students who were in the building at the time evacuated without incident," Cercone said. Numerous emergency personnel from the area responded to assist. According to Cercone, Bob Rinfrett of the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department arrived with his bomb-sniffing dog, and they searched the building's interior, exterior and perimeter, finding nothing. After the building was thoroughly searched, it was cleared for reentry at about 12:30 p.m. and students, faculty and staff were allowed back inside. In addition to Rinfrett and his bomb dog, the Bradford City Police, Bradford Twp. Police, Foster Twp. Police, PSP Kane, Bradford Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept., McKean County Emergency Management Agency, and the McKean County Sheriff's Department responded to the incident. Cercone said the campus community feels a greater sense of safety after seeing the rapid response of the various emergency service agencies. "We are very grateful to all of those emergency personnel who responded so efficiently and quickly to assist us," Cercone said. Pick up a copy of the Saturday, April 14, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.