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Pennsylvania Synagogue Evacuated Over Serious Threats

Authorities are investigating after a reported bomb threat at an Allentown synagogue Thursday morning.

The Allentown Police Department received a report of a bomb threat at Congregation Keneseth Israel, according to the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley.

“At that time, a funeral service had just concluded, and our community members were leaving the premises,” the organization said.

The Allentown Police Department, the Allentown Fire Department, and the FBI arrived and swept the facility room by room with sniffer dogs twice as an added precaution, the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley said.

The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley says that, as of now, authorities believe the phone call was a hoax coming from a different state, and there are no credible threats to any other facilities in the Lehigh Valley.

The organization’s regional security advisor, Tim Brooks, has been in touch with the Secure Community Network, and they are diligently monitoring for any potential threats. The call does not appear related to the current war in Israel, but more details might emerge from the FBI investigation, according to the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley.

“We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Allentown Police Department, the Allentown Fire Department, and the FBI for their immediate response to the incident. Their support is invaluable during this time,” the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley said.

Source: https://www.wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/police-investigate-reported-bomb-threat-at-synagogue-in-allentown/article_eeaada86-6eb5-11ee-ac0c-bb2a12462ffb.html