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Carmike Cinemas respond to nationwide bomb threat

Published On: Aug 30 2012 03:29:56 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 17 2012 05:31:26 PM CDT

Carmike Cinemas called on police to check its theaters across the country after receiving a generic bomb threat Friday morning.

Carmike Cinemas called on police to check its theaters across the country Friday after the company received a generic bomb threat.

"We've had a threat that was telephoned in by an individual who identified themselves as an employee of a vendor of Carmike indicating a threat to several locations," said Carmike spokesman Terry Mayton.

Carmike officials said it was a bomb threat phoned into Carmike's home office in Georgia, and it mentioned the much-anticipated movie, "The Expendables 2."

Carmike theaters in West Pottsgrove Twp., Montgomery Co., Wyomissing, Berks Co., and in Hanover Twp., Lehigh Co., were among the hundreds searched across the country.

The Pennsylvania State Police brought in bomb sniffing dogs from Bethlehem and Whitehall and Palmer townships to the Hanover Township location.

After several hours and a lot of explanations to movie-goers, the theater was found to be clear, but people who planned their day around a morning movie were not amused, especially on the heels of the deadly theater shooting in Colorado.

"I think they are sick, and it's probably a false alarm, but I know that everybody has to go out and check it," said Nancy Dietz.

Nothing was found at any of the theaters across the country. The theaters are now back open and showing movies.