Loudoun Co. HS bomb threat may have been swatting incident

LEESBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- A reported bomb threat at Loudoun County High School on Wednesday may have been a "swatting incident," according to Leesburg police officials.

Officers responded to the school on Dry Mill Road SW in Leesburg at approximately 12:10 p.m. to investigate a bomb threat. After searching the building and surrounding area, police determined that it was probably a hoax.

Police officials believe it may have been a case of "swatting."

"Swatting is the tricking of any emergency service agency into dispatching multiple emergency response units based on the false report of an on-going critical incident. Many times, these types of false calls for service involve multiple resources from different agencies potentially tying up valuable resources for undetermined amounts of time while the incident is investigated and ultimately cleared," Leesburg Police Department officials said in a press release on Wednesday afternoon.

The Leesburg Police Department asks that anyone with information about this incident please call 703-771-4500. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the Leesburg Crime Line at (703) 443-TIPS.


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