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Local News in Brief : Irvine : City Hall Evacuated After Bomb Threat

January 28, 1988

About 250 city workers, including police personnel, were evacuated twice Wednesday from City Hall and its annexes after an anonymous caller told a switchboard operator that the building would be "blown sky-high" at 3 p.m., city officials said.

No explosives were found in two police sweeps of the four structures, Assistant City Manager Paul Brady Jr. said. The threat was made at 12:54 p.m. in a call to a switchboard operator by a man who did not identify himself, Brady said.

During the sweeps, from 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. and from 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., the city conducted its business from a command post set up near City Hall, Brady said. Some nearby businesses also were evacuated as a precaution, he said.

Brady said suspicion initially fell on a man who "made some threats" at a City Council meeting Tuesday night, a man Brady did not identify. But Irvine Police Lt. Sam Allevato said said investigators had no suspects.

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