Business was disrupted at three Fort Chiswell companies for about 90 minutes Thursday morning when someone called in a bomb threat to McDonald’s – not once, not twice but three times. No bomb was found.
According to a McDonald’s employee, the calls came in about 10:30 a.m. The first call kept breaking up, so the caller called back a second time to say he was going to bomb the place.
“I told him I was going to call the cops and hung up,” the employee said, adding that the person called for a third time to say he wanted them to call the cops.
When deputies from the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office arrived, they cleared the restaurant, along with the nearby Citgo gas station and the Greyhound bus station. Buses were diverted to the Circle K station across the street.
A bomb-sniffing dog from the Virginia State Police arrived, and after sniffing the building, parking lot and nearby cars, gave the all-clear about noon. At that point, employees at the gas station and restaurant scrambled back inside to get back to business.
Major Anthony Cline said the caller used the Spoofcard App to disguise his phone number. The card allows users to display a number different from the number from which they are calling.
“I don’t know why they sell it,” he said. “Nothing good can come out of it.”
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