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Bomb scare in MoBay

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | 7:09 PM    

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MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — A bomb threat which turned out to be a hoax forced the early closure of business establishments housed inside the three-story Bay West Plaza along Harbour Street in the resort city Wednesday afternoon.

All occupants were evacuated from the building after police received reports at about 2:00 pm that a bomb was planted in the car park located in the basement.

Several shops and corporate offices operate in the plaza.

But everyone breathed a sigh of relief after members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force bomb squad combed the basement and other sections of the building and found nothing.

“We got a call that there was a bomb under a car in the basement of the building. We responded along with firefighters and the Bay West plaza was cordoned off,” Commander of the St James Police Division, SSP Andrew Lewis told the Jamaica Observer.

“Bomb experts did an extensive search of the car park and the building itself and nothing was found. The situation returned to normal at about 4:30,” he said.

Bhaguan Chuganey, CEO of Bayless Bargain Centre, one of the shops on the plaza, lauded the “prompt action” of the police, firefighters and security personnel employed by the plaza management.

“I think the law enforcers, firefighters and the security at the plaza did a very good job. They got the threat and cordoned off the area quickly I think they did a fantastic job in securing the place,” Bhaguan commented.

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