Bomb threats evacuate Jewish Academy, Jewish Center, police say

Bomb threat aslo called in to Academy a year ago

By Emilee Speck - Digital journalist

MAITLAND, Fla. - Police are investigating two bomb threats at the Jewish Academy of Orlando and Chabad of South Orlando.

The threats were called in to the academy on North Maitland Avenue in Maitland at 10:49 a.m. Wednesday by a male caller, police said.

Chabad of South Orlando, also known as the Jewish Center, is located on Sand Lake Road in Orlando.

The buildings were evacuated and police notified the staff and parents of the students.

The students were taken to Lake Sybelia Elementary School, where they were picked up by their parents or guardians.

Bomb-detecting K-9s were at both scenes, and about half the buildings were given the all-clear as of 12:45 p.m., according to authorities. No suspicious devices have been found.

Deputies said 30 to 40 people were evacuated from the Jewish Center, but they were allowed to start coming back into the building at about 1 p.m.

The Maitland Police Department said at about 3:45 p.m. that the Jewish Academy of Orlando have been cleared and staff are back to work. An official with the Jewish Center said it will open Thursday.

The investigation is in its early stages and no suspect or phone information has been obtained.

Orange County Fire Rescue crews are handling both threats.

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A bomb threat was also called in to the Academy on Jan. 26 in 2016.


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