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JCC reopens after bomb threat


The Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester was evacuated this morning after it received a bomb threat. (Related commentary: JCC threat fits into campaign of terror)

The threat came in around 6 a.m., according to Brighton Police Chief Mark Henderson. Brighton officers, with help from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, state police, and FBI officers, swept the building and gave the all clear. The JCC reopened at 10 a.m., and the child care center is expected to reopen at noon, Henderson says.

The Brighton Police Department is investigating the threat and the FBI is assisting. The FBI and the US Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division are also investigating the matter in connection with similar bomb threats across the country.

A spokesperson for the FBI's Buffalo office passed along this statement:

"The FBI and the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division are investigating possible civil rights violations in connection with threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country. Including the one in Brighton this morning. The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence, and will ensure this matter is investigated in a fair, thorough, and impartial manner. As this is matter is ongoing, we are not able to comment further at this time."