WESTMINSTER - Front Range Community College campus in Westminster reopened Friday morning after a bomb threat found scrawled on a bathroom wall Thursday afternoon forced evacuation of the campus.
About 500 students and staff were evacuated from the campus building at 1:45 p.m. Thursday after a student found the threat on a women’s restroom wall and notified security. College officials alerted police, said Westminster Police spokesman Trevor Materasso.
K9 teams from the Westminster, Arvada and Golden police departments and the Jefferson County and Denver County sheriff's offices searched the campus at 3645 W. 112th Ave.
Dogs alerted to a particular area inside the school and as a precaution the bomb squad from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office was called in to check the location and surrounding areas, Materasso said. No suspicious devices were found and police are confident there are no explosive devices in the building.
Front Range Community College staff had sent an automated phone notification to students and staff, alerting them about the bomb threat and evacuation. Materasso said Everest Community College also got the notification to evacuate due to a bomb threat, but this was because they use the same notification network as Front Range Community College. This prompted Everest Community College to evacuate their building. Thornton officers checked the Everest campus, but no bomb threat was found and Everest College resumed educational programs.
There was a similar evacuation in March at the Front Range Community College campus in Fort Collins, also triggered by a bomb threat scrawled on a bathroom wall. No bomb was found in that incident either.
Police will continue to work with campus security to investigate who may have written the threat. Anyone with information about who made this threat is asked to call Westminster police at 303-658-4360. You can also provide tips anonymously and receive up to a $2000 reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867) or text DMCS plus your message to 274637. You can also submit an email anonymously; title your message to DMCS along with your message to Crime Stoppers.