Bomb threat disrupts bank and community

Virginia State Police K-9 units responded to the bomb threat. Bomb-sniffing dogs were used on cars in the parking lot before checking inside the building. No bombs were found. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

KILMARNOCK—A bomb scare last Thursday at Chesapeake Bank’s main branch in Kilmarnock caused traffic delays, evacuations of nearby businesses and a lockdown at Lancaster Middle School.

According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) chief deputy Major William Webb, LCSO deputies, Kilmarnock Police Department officers and Virginia State Police, along with members of the Kilmarnock Volunteer Fire Department and the Kilmarnock-Lancaster Volunteer Rescue Squad responded to the threat of a bomb at Chesapeake Bank at 97 North Main Street around noon on November 21.

“The caller indicated there was a bomb on the bank’s roof and…