East Texas law enforcement clears scenes from 2 bingo halls where bomb threats were received

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) – Less than two hours after Nacogdoches Sheriff's deputies declared a bomb threat at the Flamingo Bingo, Lufkin Police cleared a similar threat at the DAV bingo hall.

Teresa Johniken, the chairperson for the local Disabled American Veterans, said a worker in the kitchen answered the phone to a female caller who said, "There's a bomb in the building. Evacuate everyone or nobody will be alive next week."

Lufkin Police were on the scene by 4:30 p.m. They gave the go-ahead for normal operations around 5:15 p.m., after no suspicious device was found.

Earlier, around 3:45 p.m. deputies from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office searched Flamingo Bingo hall and the surrounding area for any explosive devices or suspicious packages.  They say nothing was found.

Law enforcement have given the go-ahead for normal operations to continue at the Flamingo Bingo.  However, the Sheriff's Office is still investigating who called in the false bomb threat.

Flamingo Bingo is located just outside the city of Nacogdoches, adjacent to Southeast Loop 224.

After law enforcement received the threat to the business, they evacuated the building to search the premises.  The Nacogdoches Fire Department assisted.

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