Bar Harbor bomb threat causes evacuation of Cottage Street businesses

Traffic on Cottage Street in downtown Bar Harbor in this 2004 file photo.
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By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 18, 2013, at 12:56 p.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — A bomb threat at the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 34 Cottage St. Wednesday caused the evacuation of neighboring businesses, according to a local police and fire dispatcher.

A Rite Aid pharmacy employee reported the bomb threat to Bar Harbor police shortly before noon, according to a news release issued late Wednesday afternoon. The employee said that the store manager was on the phone with an individual making a bomb threat at that time.

The caller who made the threat said that if the manager did not meet his demands to load money onto his Green Dot MoneyPak cards, there would be an immediate explosion inside the store, the news release said. Green Dot MoneyPak cards are reloadable, prepaid debit cards.

When police arrived, the threatening call was still in progress. The connection eventually was lost.

The pharmacy and surrounding area, including businesses along Cottage Street between Rodick and Main streets, were evacuated and secured with the help of the Bar Harbor Fire Department. Yellow police tape was used to keep patrons away from the area.

No explosive device was found, and the store reopened about 1:30 p.m., the news release said.

No one had been charged or arrested in connection with the threat as of 5 p.m. The incident remains under investigation and police are working to track down the call.

Bar Harbor police said that Wednesday’s threat appears to be part of a new type of phone threat that other law enforcement agencies around the United States currently are investigating.

Bangor Daily News writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.

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