Bomb threat clears Boatworks Mall
August 30, 2007
A bomb threat Thursday afternoon at a Tahoe City restaurant prompted about 100 people to voluntarily evacuate the Boatworks Mall.
Sarah Rose was working as hostess at Jake’s on the Lake when she received a phone call at 3:25 p.m. from a man with a low, raspy voice, she said.
The man didn’t identify himself but said he had some information ” that a bomb would explode in the building at 4 p.m.
Rose alerted her manager, Mike Kise, who called 9-1-1 to report the incident.
Placer County Sheriff’s deputies and North Tahoe Fire responded to the call.
Because there was no evidence that a bomb was actually planted, evacuation of the building was voluntary, said Placer County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Langton.
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“At this point we have no reason to believe the threat is credible. But we want to make sure,” he said.
In the midst of a nationwide slew of bomb threats, the customers and employees who evacuated the mall were particularly calm.
“I wasn’t scared, I was just confused. It was the single weirdest call,” Rose said.
One diner said she was enjoying her lunch when she was asked to leave because of a bomb threat. The restaurant did not make her pay her bill, she said.
A short time after the threatened 4 p.m. detonation passed without incident, Placer County Sheriff’s officers and Jake’s managers searched the building for anything suspicious and let employees back in at 4:50 p.m.
Langton said officers will file a report and detectives will follow up the threat with phone records.
“These things do happen, not often, and most of the time they turn out to be false,” he said.