Apparent prank prompts evacuation of 3 buildings

Posted: Thursday, May 04, 2000

A bomb scare called in just before 4 p.m. Wednesday caused two fast food restaurants and an office building along the Kenai Spur Highway to be evacuated.

Pizza Hut employee Jennifer Calhun took the call, and said that at first she could not understand what the caller was saying because of a heavy accent.

"He said, 'Do you want to die today, because there's a bomb in your building,'" Calhun said. "That's when I hung up."

Another Pizza Hut employee, Chris Wagstaff said he then called 911 to report the scare. He said the police and firefighters were at the restaurant in less than two minutes.

Kenai Police Sgt. Chuck Kopp said by the time officials arrived, Pizza Hut manager Bob Ferrell had already evacuated his store. The nearby Park Place building and Kentucky Fried Chicken also were evacuated.

"With the assistance of the manager, we did a search of the building and did not locate or identify anything suspicious," Kopp said. "It appears at this point that it was a crank call."

Ferrell said it was probably someone who "just wanted to see lights and sirens."

Kopp said if anything suspicious had been found, the U.S. Army explosive ordnance disposal team from Fort Richardson would have been called in.

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