2 Central Florida Jewish centers receive bomb threats

(Source: WESH)

ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) —Two bomb threats were called into Jewish centers in Central Florida on Wednesday, authorities said.

One of the threats was called into the Center for Jewish Life on Sand Lake Boulevard, and the other to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando on Maitland Avenue in Maitland, Orange County authorities said.

Maitland police said the threat to the Jewish Community Center was reported shortly before 11 a.m. The caller suggested there may be a bomb at the Holocaust Resource and Education Center and the adjoining Jewish center.

Orange County fire officials said they were called to a similar bomb threat at the Center for Jewish Life moments later.

Both facilities were evacuated and authorities said that because of its close proximity to the Jewish Community Center, Lake Sybelia Elementary School on Sandspur Road in Maitland was also evacuated.

A total of 30-40 people were evacuated from the Center for Jewish Life. Orange County authorities said everyone was allowed back inside the building by 1 p.m.

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