CHARLEVOIX — Downtown Charlevoixed following bomb threat, at least a in Charlevoix’s downtown business district has been reopening block on Thursday afternoon following a bomb threat.
Charlevois police chief Gerard Doan said the call came at 2:32 p.m. The call said there were bombs placed on the bridge and a sniper was in the area.
“The bridge closed immediately,” Duane said. “We immediately checked the bridge, closed traffic, and found nothing suspicious.”
Duane said the incident is similar to a bomb threat that closed downtown Harbor Springs in January 2021.
In this case, the caller was using a downtown area live video feed to issue the threat.
Duane said they moved quickly to cover up similar camera feeds.
“I was able to call a business owner and stand on top of the view and immediately grab the towels and cover the cameras within 10 minutes,” Duane said.
Duane said the caller was still on the line with the central transmission at the time, and after covering the cameras they said it was a hoax.
“We have a booby-trapped dog coming in now (to be sure)…but then everything will open again,” Duane said.
As in the Harbor Springs incident, “Chances are this is going to come out,” Duane said.
Harbor Springs was threatened by Great Britain.
A Charlevoix Courier reporter at the corner of Park Avenue and Bridge Street said that at least a block of buildings on Bridge Street have been evacuated and closed, as of 3:30 p.m.
As of 4:50 p.m., the bridge reopened for both vehicular and boat traffic.