WARE (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – Authorities in Ware shut down a portion of West Street on Sunday after an unidentified suspect reportedly called in a bomb threat to police.
According to an internal Environmental Protection Agency e-mail obtained by POLITICO, a person called the Ware Police Department from an untraceable line around 6:40 a.m. on Sunday claiming he had placed bombs at 228 to 234 West Street and was going to detonate them at 2 p.m.
An update indicated that the threatened detonation had been moved to 2:30 p.m.
Police said the call was not recorded, but the caller made reference to explosives and hazardous materials planted in the area of the Ware Junior/Senior High School.
The suspect told police that he was a federally wanted felon and that he had four hostages; however, police later said that the suspect never had any hostages.
Local, state and federal officials were called into Ware and several sections of the town were blocked off in order to investigate the threat. HazMat teams searched a half mile area and found nothing out of the ordinary.
Authorities ended the search Sunday evening and called the area "safe."
Police believe the phone call was a hoax.
The investigation into the call continues.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ware Police Department at 413-967-3571.