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Updated: 2:29 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 | Posted: 5:47 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

Fired DP&L contractor leaves bomb threat at coal plant

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By Richard Wilson

Staff Writer

ABERDEEN, Adams County —

A 38-year-old man threatened to blow up a DP&L power plant in Aberdeen on Friday after he was fired from the facility.

No bomb was found at the Dayton Power & Light Stuart Station facility along the Ohio River on U.S. 52 and Cincinnati police arrested the man, Carlos Cruz Gomez, on Auten Avenue, Adams County Sheriff Kim Rogers said Friday night.

The Cincinnati Bomb Squad was called to the facility shortly after the threatening letter was found at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Rogers said about 30 people were evacuated from one part of the coal-powered plant as officers searched the facility.

He said the incident was costly. He said DP&L was forced to shut down one of four generators and multiple public safety agencies were on scene for several hours.

"It cost a lot of money for just a false alarm," Rogers said. "When someone says there's a bomb in a power plant, you want to make sure there isn't a bomb in the power plant."

Gomez was expected to be transferred to Adams County to face charges.

DP&L, in a statement released Friday night, said company officials are continuing to work with authorities on the investigation.

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