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Bomb Threat Empties Newport Theater

An unidentified caller leaves a voice message at Newport Theatre Arts Center demanding money, and warning of a bomb, police say.

Patch file photo (Photo courtesy Newport Beach Police Department)
Patch file photo (Photo courtesy Newport Beach Police Department)
The Newport Theatre Arts Center was evacuated Wednesday evening after someone called in a bomb threat, a police official reported.

At about 5:44 p.m. the theatre, located at 2501 Cliff Dr., received a threatening voicemail message, according to Jennifer Manzella, police spokeswoman.

"Staff there had just received a voicemail message, from a call that was placed on Monday at 6:37 pm, demanding a sum of money or else a bomb would go off in 48 hours," Manzella explained.

Newport Beach police and the Orange County Bomb Squad responded to the theater and evacuated the building. 

"Neither a bomb-sniffing canine, nor personnel in their secondary check, found any bomb or bomb-making material," Manzella said. 

The bomb threat is under investigation and detectives are working to determine the the origin of the call.

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