Plaquemine shopping center evacuated after bomb threat

Andrew Green
A shopping center in Plaquemine was forced to evacuate after a bomb threat was made on Monday

Employees at a shopping center in Plaquemine were forced to evacuate after a bomb threat was made Monday afternoon.

According to Plaquemine Police Chief Kenny Payne, an employee was taking out the trash behind one of the businesses in the shopping center when someone drove by and said that there was a bomb in the building.

The shopping center houses many businesses and a particular business was not specified so Plaquemine Police, Plaquemine Fire Dept., Iberville Sheriff’s Dept., State Fire Marshal, State Police, LSU Police, EBR Sheriff’s Dept. and Baton Rouge Police Dept. were on the scene to evacuate the employees of each business in the center.

State Police arrived on the scene to do a walkthrough of each building to determine if anything was out of place.  State Police used x-ray equipment and K-9 units to search the center, according to Payne.

There was nothing found out of place, so employees were allowed back in.  Payne said the situation is currently under investigation and officials interviewed the employee that called the police in an attempt to get a description of the person that made the threat.

This is a developing story that will be updated as more information is released.