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Karen Scullin ReportingInvestigators are listening to 911 tapes to try and determine who threatened hundreds of members of an LDS church in South Jordan.

The call came late this morning; police quickly responded and began an evacuation. The threat was clear and the target was an LDS ward house in South Jordan. Everyone inside was sent home, their Sunday services cut short.

250 people were forced out of Sunday church services as police, firefighters, and bomb dogs moved in to the LDS ward building.

Dennis Johnson, Glenmoor LDS Stake President: “Obviously when you have civil authorities come into your building and ask you to evacuate, that's a concern to us."

The chain of events began about 10:30 this morning. 911 dispatchers received a call from West Jordan with the caller threatening people at an LDS Church in South Jordan.

Matt Evans, Battalion Chief, S. Jordan Public Safety: The address was given of this location of the church, and that they were going to hurt a large number of people, hurt or kill a large number of people."

Church members were evacuated immediately. Police and firefighters began scouring the building looking for anything that might hurt or even kill someone.

Dennis Johnson, Glenmoor Stake President: “Our members evacuated the church immediately, went to their homes. We were very pleased with their reaction."

Matt Evans, Battalion Chief, S. Jordan Public Safety: “It's just a large building and with all the different rooms and items that are normally in there it just took a period of time to get all the way through the building to make sure it was safe."

Nothing dangerous was found inside and afternoon services went on as scheduled. Now investigators will try to figure out who the caller was and determine why he or she would make such serious threats.

Dennis Johnson, Glenmoor Stake President: “Anytime you have to evacuate the building and it causes a disruption to our services, that's a concern to us and obviously we are concerned for the members."

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