Police clear scene after bomb threat report at Caterpillar; Second threat made this year

CLAYTON — Police have cleared the scene of a reported bomb threat at the Caterpillar facility in Clayton today.

The threat was reported at the facility on Hoke Road at approximately 11:11 a.m., according to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch records.

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“We just got a threat saying that there’s a bomb in our building,” a 911 caller said.

The caller told dispatchers that there were two calls made to the facility.

“There was a little mumbling the first time and then they called a second time and said, ‘Y’all need to get out of the building. There is a bomb.’ And our boss told us to call 911,” they said.

Dispatchers said the building had been evacuated.

News Center 7′s Taylor Robertson got to the facility shortly after the threat was made. When she got on scene, the gates were closed and delivery trucks trying to get into the building were stopped and unable to enter.

Dispatch records indicate the K9s from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Dayton International Airport were requested to the scene.

Just over two hours after the initial report, around 1:30 p.m., Robertson reported that crews left the scene.

Gerri Swayne who lives near the scene shared what she witnessed and said she believes it all started with a crash.

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“The crash happened at about 10 to 11 because I leave for work at five till,” Gerri Swayne said.

Swayne said she had to stay home from work because the utility pole was still lying in her front year,” she said.

She said she was waiting for the police to come back to figure out what she needed to do next when they all pulled away and into the Caterpillar facility.

This isn’t the first time police have been called to the facility for a bomb threat.

News Center 7 previously reported on April 21 that a potential bomb threat was made.

Swayne said she’s lived in the area for a long time, but said this year she’s noticed an uptick in threatening calls.

“This is becoming a routine thing here,” she said. “It does make me worry.”

News Center 7 has reached out to Caterpillar and Clayton Police for more information about the incident. We’re waiting on a response.

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