Regal factory cleared after bomb threat

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Bomb-sniffing dogs called in to search plant after threat from blocked number

Local and area law enforcement spent between 3-4 hours at the Regal plant in Cassville Tuesday investigating a bomb threat made at about 2:30 p.m.

Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff, said his office, with help from the Cassville Police Department and bomb-sniffing dogs from Springfield and Jasper County, cleared the building as of 6:30 p.m.

The threat came in from a blocked phone number to the Barry County E-911 Center, claiming there would be an explosion between 6 p.m. and midnight.

"We ran through before 6 p.m. to see if there was anything that looked suspicions," Epperly said. With a plant like that and all the motors, everything looks suspicions, but the dogs did not hit on anything and we have the plant cleared now."

Epperly said he plans to get with Regal supervisors to see if they can recognize the voice from the blocked number.

"It may have just been a disgruntled employee," he said.

Epperly's office had eight cars and two detectives on the scene, and Cassville Police has at least two cars assisting. The Cassville Fire Protection District and Missouri State Highway Patrol also responded to the scene. Traffic on Sale Barn Road was blocked throughout the investigation.

"Who knows why they did it, but when stuff like this happens, we have to treat it like a real thing," Epperly said. "We talked to the plant managers who took us through the plant and gave us maps. They were very good to work with."

Epperly said deputies and Cassville Police will continue to patrol the area throughout the night.

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