by Tim Hennagir
Three police dogs with specialized explosives training searched the Minnesota School of Business Blaine campus Monday night after a bomb threat was received.
Police Chief Chris Olson said Tuesday the threat had been made by telephone. Police received the school’s 911 call at 6:55 p.m. The building was evacuated.
The Blaine Minnesota School of Business campus building is located at 3680 Pheasant Ridge Drive N.E.
Meghan Hathaway, Minnesota School of Business communications and community relations specialist, said the call came shortly after evening classes started.
Campus leadership contacted the Blaine Police Department, Hathaway said, and after careful investigation, no bomb was found. All students were released.
“We had seven officers dispatched and two detectives dispatched,” Olson said. “We also received assistance from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Paul Police Department.”
All three of those agencies provided K-9s with special training to search for explosives, Olson said.
“The dogs did their building checks, and nothing was found that was considered a threat or a concern,” he said.
“We were comfortable allowing people back into the building, and were done responding to the call around 9:15 p.m.”
The Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department (SBM) and the Minnesota State Patrol also responded. The incident remains under investigation.
Tim Hennagir is at firstname.lastname@example.org