Dover Police Investigate Elementary School Bomb Threat

For immediate release:

DOVER, MA – At approx 9:55am on Monday, May 23, 2016, the Chickering Elementary School received an automated bomb threat telephone call. This was one of the multiple automated bomb threats that were broadcast to several school districts across the state this morning. The Dover Police Department, Dover Fire Department, and school administration swept the building and deemed it safe. After consulting with the Commonwealth Fusion Center and the Mass State Police Bomb Squad, it was determined to have been a hoax.

Chief Peter A. McGowan applauded the response, “I am happy to report that our training and safety protocols worked as designed, and thank the schools and the members of the DPD and DFD for their cooperation.”

This incident is under investigation by the Dover Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, the office of the State Fire Marshal, and the FBI.


Media inquiries may be directed to DPD Media Services. Please do not contact the Emergency Communications Center directly on this matter.

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