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Bomb threat shuts down section of Main Street, nothing found

by Geoff Fox

A section of Main Street from Williams Street to Church Street was closed to traffic as first responders did a sweep of a residence in search of a reported bomb on Sunday evening, July 23, just before 8 p.m.

The initial call for service came in as a harassment call, said Sgt. Rich Miller of the Hancock Police Department.

Hancock Fire Department had the intersection of Church Street and Main Street blocked while Hancock Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office had the intersection of Williams Street and Main Street.

Officers and first responders wait for the Fire Marshal and Maryland State Police bomb- sniffing dog to come investigate a possible bomb threat reported in the area on Sunday, July 23. photo by Geoff Fox

According to Officer Jesse Walls of the Hancock Police Department, said the threat was located at a house “in the square” which was the intersection of Fulton Street and Main Street.

Maryland State Police came in to help with the search using their K9. Walls added the State Fire Marshal came to assist in making sure there were no threats to the community.

Walls said the call was a false alarm and officials have to take threats like this seriously.

“God forbid something were to happen,” he said.

The all clear was given just before 10 p.m., but officers were still on scene for a short time after.

As first responders did their search, bystanders gathered on the street trying to get information and watch as things unfolded.

Hancock Fire Department, Hancock Rescue Squad, Maryland State Police. Washington County

Sheriff’s Office, and Maryland State Fire Marshal were also on scene.

It is unknown if there are any charges and who they’ d be filed against.

The investigation is still ongoing.