POINT PLEASANT — A bomb threat has closed the Point Pleasant McDonald’s and law enforcement has blocked off the area near the restaurant as a precaution.
According to Point Pleasant Police Chief Joe Veith, Mason County 911 received two anonymous phone calls at different times Friday, claiming there was a bomb at the McDonald’s on the corner of 6th Street. The caller claimed the bomb would be detonated near 5 p.m.
Though nothing happened at the time the caller claimed it would, law enforcement were taking no chances and cleared the restaurant, as well as nearby area businesses. Also, traffic was halted along 6th Street. In addition, help from the West Virginia State Police is on the way to provide special assistance, along with a bomb-sniffing dog, to investigate and clear the scene. As of around 6 p.m., law enforcement were awaiting the arrival from the specialized unit from the WVSP. However, troopers from the WVSP Mason County Post were already on scene assisting the Point Pleasant Police Department, along with deputies from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department and firefighters with the Point Pleasant Police Department.
Once the scene is cleared, it will be up to the owners of the Point Pleasant McDonald’s as to when it reopens.
For now, motorists are asked to avoid the area with law enforcement detouring traffic around the restaurant. More on this story as details become available.
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