Federal authorities investigate bomb threat at Formosa

By by Dianna Wray - DWRAY@VICAD.COM
Dec. 13, 2012 at 6:13 a.m.
Updated Dec. 14, 2012 at 6:14 a.m.

Federal authorities investigated a written bomb threat discovered Wednesday at the Formosa Plastics plant in Point Comfort.

Bill Harvey, the plant's public relations director, said officials were investigating suspicious objects found in the plant.

On Wednesday afternoon, a contract employee found a threat written on the wall of a portable toilet that said a "real bomb" would detonate on Friday.

Formosa officials responded by searching the plant, looking for any unusual objects that might be hiding a bomb.

Law enforcement and city officials in Calhoun County were notified, and officials began an investigation.

During the plant search, employees discovered two objects they didn't recognize and alerted authorities, who decided to call the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Corpus Christi.

The bomb squad arrived about 4:20 p.m. Thursday. At 9 p.m., the investigation was "proceeding cautiously," Harvey said.

"We have to check out everything. There's too much at stake not to take everything seriously, so we are erring on the side of caution," Harvey said.



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