Bomb Threat At Bank Shuts Down Main Street In Hills

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

HILLS, Iowa -- A bomb threat shut down the downtown area of Hills on Thursday.

Sheriff's deputies blocked off both ends of Main Street as well as several other side streets in response to the threat.

The threat was made made against the Hills Bank located in the center of downtown. Dozens of employees were evacuated to a nearby park.

A bomb sniffing dog from the University of Iowa searched the area and no bomb was located. Officials gave the all clear at about 12:30 p.m.

Officials said similar threats were made against a Hills Bank in Cedar Rapids and Lisbon.

"The Hills and Blairs Ferry Offices have now reopened. Due to the timing of the incident, the Lisbon office will remain closed the remainder of the day," Hills Bank said in an emailed statement. "We appreciate the cooperation and patience of our customers and staff as we safely worked through this incident. We especially thank our local law enforcement for their quick response and support."
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