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Statue of Liberty Evacuated After Bomb Threat; No Device Found

By    |   Friday, 24 Apr 2015 05:53 PM

Tourists were evacuated from the Statue of Liberty on Friday morning after someone called in a bomb threat.

All visitors and non-essential personnel were ferried off Liberty Island while the New York Police Department bomb squad checked the area.

The bomb threat, which came in about 11:20 a.m., said there was a suspicious package in a locker, but it was found to be empty.

"Our first priority is the safety and well-being of all of our visitors," said Mike Burke, the head of Statue Cruises, which carries visitors between Battery Park and Liberty Island, CNN reported.

The statue and Liberty Island were declared safe about 3 p.m.

Photos and comments flooded social media as the incident was broadcast:








Karen Mason, of Cincinnati, Ohio, told the BBC that she had just gotten on a boat at Ellis Island about 12:40 p.m.

"All of a sudden, they said 'Disembark, disembark, disembark. We have to evacuate the boat,'" she said, adding that she didn’t feel as if there were any danger. "But we saw helicopters and we knew something was going on.”

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