Melbourne businesses evacuated over bomb threat

Displaced employees allowed to re-enter stores

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Several Melbourne businesses are evacuated over a bomb threat.

MELBOURNE, Fla. - Several Melbourne businesses were evacuated Tuesday morning as a precaution over a bomb threat that proved to be false.

Police and bomb-sniffing dogs were called around 8 a.m. to the 1300 block of South Babcock Street.  Percepta, a local provider of customer management solutions, and Rockwell Collins were among the businesses affected.

Police combed through the 30,000-square-foot business complex but didn't findy anything suspicious.

Melbourne police Lt. Dan Lynch said a person used a pay phone across the street to call in the threat, which was directed at Percepta and Rockwell Collins.

Video from the scene showed dozens of people standing in the street outside of the businesses.  Displaced employees were bused to another location.

Some said they were told by security to leave their buildings and leave everything behind.

Faith Tilley, an employee of MedSolutions, walked across the street to Publix and bought a doughnut.

"I'm wondering if I'm going to get paid today," she said.

The businesses are located near Melbourne High School, which was not affected by the incident.

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