Police give all clear at Legoland after bomb threat

FILE PHOTO: Legoland Florida (Image courtesy TripAdvisor)
FILE PHOTO: Legoland Florida (Image courtesy TripAdvisor)

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) — The Winter Haven Police Department gave the all clear at Legoland Thursday evening after a bomb threat.

Earlier, Legoland officials had said say they believed the bomb threat, which prompted the evacuation of the popular theme park, was a hoax.

Multiple law enforcement agencies helped investigate and found no explosive devices on the park’s property. The investigation into the origin of the threat continues.

Police say a bomb threat was made at the property at 11:54 a.m. on Thursday. Officers began evacuating the theme park and hotel after learning of the threat.

All guests were safely evacuated by 12:43 p.m., according to a Winter Haven Police Department spokesperson. There were no injuries reported. Winter Haven Police, the State Fire Marshall and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office searched the property

Shortly after the park was evacuated, Legoland released the following statement:

“Earlier today, a bomb threat was discovered on our property.  We have evacuated the theme park and the hotel for the safety and security of our guests and employees, which remains our No. 1 priority.  We are working closely with Winter Haven Police Department to assess the validity of the threat.”

Later, on Thursday afternoon, the theme park’s general manager Adrian Jones held a news conference and told the media about the hoax. “At this time, we believe this is a hoax, but we take all threats seriously,” he said.

Jones also said that Legoland would work with park guests regarding their hotel bookings and theme park visits. Legoland will remain closed the entire day on Thursday. Park operations will resume as normal Friday.

Legoland visitor Fernando Verrua lives in Venezuela and was visiting the theme park with his family. He filmed video of the evacuation. Desktop users can watch video below..

Emergency vehicles responded to the bomb threat at Legoland.
Emergency vehicles responded to the bomb threat at Legoland.

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