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Appleton police respond to false bomb threat

Posted at 7:53 AM, May 22, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-22 11:54:14-04

UPDATE: Posted at 10:48 a.m.
The Appleton Police Department reports crews were dispatched to the 700 block of West Wisconsin Avenue at 6:03 a.m. for a report of a bomb threat.

Officers established a perimeter and completed a comprehensive search of the area. Authorities report they deployed the Appleton Drone Team along with two K-9 teams specializing in explosive detection to ensure the safety of the community.

After a thorough search, nothing was located and officials determined the threat was not credible.

The Appleton Police Department released a statement following the incident.

While the threat was ultimately deemed a hoax, we want to emphasize that the Appleton Police Department takes every threat seriously. The safety and security of the community remain our top priority. We would like to express our gratitude to the local law enforcement for their assistance this morning.

Incidents like these are a reminder of the importance of reporting any suspicious activity to local law enforcement. Thank you to the neighborhood impacted by this incident for their patience and understanding this morning. The support and cooperation of the citizens of Appleton are essential in maintaining the safety of our community.

UPDATE: Posted at 9:57 a.m.
The Appleton Police Department reports the scene is now clear.

Traffic is back open to the public and updates will be provided.

ORIGINAL: Posted at 7:53 a.m.
Police are investigating an active incident in the 700 block of West Wisconsin Avenue.

Roads are currently closed, and drivers are encouraged to find another route.

Police say they will update the public once more information becomes available.

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