Authorities: No Threat After Bomb Scare at Heintz Center

Authorities: No Threat After Bomb Scare at Heintz Center Photo: Elise Romas.

April 18, 2019 10:22 AM

(ABC 6 News) - Authorities said there is no threat after a bomb scare Thursday morning. 

According to Rochester Police Officer Terry Pretzloff, a call came in around 7:10 a.m. of a suspicious container at the Heintz Center. 


Pretzloff said someone found an 8 inch, plastic, cylindrical container covered in camouflage duct tape outside the building, picked it up and brought it inside. Someone then took the container out of the building and police were called to the scene.

Pretzloff said the container was opened before first responders arrived. He said a drug pipe and white powdery substance were inside. 

According to police, after standard protocol was carried out and a K-9 officer was brought in to sniff for any suspicious materials used in bomb-making, the area was deemed safe, and cleared. 

Pretzloff said the scene took about 10 minutes to clear.

Authorities will analyze the white powder. 

Around 10 a.m., RCTC released this statement: 

"This morning, Rochester Police and Rochester Fire departments were dispatched to the RCTC Heintz Center after a report of a suspicious looking pipe was found in the south parking lot. Upon examination, the pipe was found to be one used in smoking methamphetamine. Meth was also found near the pipe. While the pipe was clearly suspicious looking, there was no danger.

RCTC thanks RPD and RFD for their swift response and determining the pipe was indeed not dangerous to students, faculty, staff, and visitors to Heintz Center and CTECH.

Any further questions about this incident can be directed to the Rochester Police Department."

Rochester Police and Rochester Fire responded to the incident.


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