Bomb threat clears Boatworks Mall |

Bomb threat clears Boatworks Mall

Joanna Hartman
Sierra Sun
Alex Close/Sierra SunA North Tahoe firefighter watches the front door of Jake's on the Lake after a bomb threat was called into the Boatworks Mall restaurant.

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.

“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.