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Posted on: April 12, 2021

BOMB THREAT CALLED INTO LOCAL RESTAURANT

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News release on bomb threat at Westlake Bojangles

The Franklin County Communications Center received a 911 call at approximately 08:01am on Monday, April 12th, 2021 alerting of a possible bomb planted in the Westlake Bojangles located at 49 Lakewatch Center Drive in Moneta, Virginia. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded to the call, evacuated the restaurant, and set up a security perimeter. Vehicle traffic on Booker T. Washington Highway/Route 122 was stopped in the immediate area for safety.

Once the building was fully cleared of threats, vehicle traffic was opened back up on Booker T. Washington Highway/Route 122. The business remains closed for the day and this investigation is ongoing. Initial investigation leads the office to believe it is a false accusation, known as swatting, with no threat to the community.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance in this resolving this incident: Virginia State Police, Franklin County Public Safety, and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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