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To avoid work, a man calls in a bomb threat

Published on April 25, 2020 10:28 AM
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WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) A Florida construction worker called in a bomb threat to a water treatment facility to get a day off work, authorities said.

Richard Hamilton, 36, was arrested Thursday and charged with making a bomb threat, the Palm Beach Post reported.

More than 20 people evacuated Wellingtons water treatment plant shortly after the threatening 911 call around 7 a.m. Thursday, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office. Hamilton had been working with a construction crew at the facility and later told deputies that he made the threat because he was having a bad day and didnt want to work.

The sheriffs bomb squad, a bomb dog and drones searched Hamiltons vehicle and the surrounding area and found no evidence of a bomb, the sheriffs office said. Wellingtons water service was not affected, village officials said.

Hamilton was being held on 10,000 bond. Jail records didnt list an attorney.

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