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Bomb threat at Busch Gardens closed ‘England’

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. -- A threatening note prompted the closure of the England-themed section of Busch Gardens Williamsburg for about three hours Sunday afternoon.

James City Assistant Fire Chief Bob Ryalls told CBS 6 someone found a bomb threat note inside a bathroom near the park's main gate near the England-themed section of the park just after 3 p.m.

As a result, no one was allowed in or out of that part of the park as officials performed a sweep.

"Guests and employees were escorted out of the England village and the park entrance was closed for approximately 10 minutes. Nothing was found, and the park reopened. Guests entering or leaving the park are being escorted to an alternate park entrance," Busch Gardens' Kevin Crossett said in a statement.

Crossett said that the England village reopened just before 6 p.m.

Police and fire crews are investigating the incident.

News of the lockdown spread rapidly on social media.

Rachael Meagher Morse, posted on the CBS 6 Facebook page around 4:30 p.m. that there was a "massive evacuation" at the park.

"At Busch Gardens and we are on some kind of lock down. They will not let any more people in and have main entrance closed," Linda Carter told CBS 6.

The 383-acre theme park, which was originally created by Anheuser-Busch near the company's brewery and is now owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, closes at 9 p.m. on Sundays.

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  • mbaker9105

    Until we REALLY start punishing people for this kind of idiotic behavior, it will continue. I’m not a huge believer in using mental issues as an excuse for anti-social behavior. For example, the insanity defense for murder is a moot point. Ask yourself, what person in their right mind commits murder? Not a single one. It’s a given that NOONE in their right mind commits murder. Therefore, it’s not an excuse, but can be taken into account in some situations. Hard labor for a while is a lesson and punishment for actions like this, along with treatment maybe, but there needs to be real consequences, not picking up trash for a couple of weeks. Make this person realize that this will not be tolerated, wish they hadn’t done it, and never contemplate doing it again.

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