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Bomb threat prompts lockdown at Salt Lake County Jail

By Nkoyo Iyamba | Posted - Sep. 30, 2011 at 8:12 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- A bomb threat put the Salt Lake County Jail on lockdown overnight. No bomb was found but workers took the threat seriously.

Someone called the jail around 10 p.m. Thursday, said there was a bomb, and sounded credible. Officers brought in a K-9 team to help search the jail and its perimeter but found nothing suspicious.

A lockdown situation is serious but common at the jail. Lt. Michael Deniro says it ensures safety and is done on a daily basis for things as simple as lunchtime.

"It makes sure all the prisoners are secure and accounted for. It also frees up some of our staff to help with emergency operations and searches," he said.

Deniro says officials believed the bomb threat was credible and they take threatening calls very seriously. Police now will work to trace the call to determine who placed it.

E-mail: niyamba@ksl.com

Nkoyo Iyamba

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