Hoax bomb, active shooter threats called into Liberty Live Church locations in Hampton Roads on Sunday

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SMITHFIELD, Va. (WAVY) — Bomb threats called into multiple Liberty Live Church locations in Hampton Roads on Sunday were determined to be a hoax.

The hoax calls affected services at locations in Gloucester and Isle of Wight.

Captain Tommy Potter with the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office said that the 911 call center in Smithfield was notified around 9:50 a.m. for a report of a bomb threat to Liberty Live’s service in Smithfield High School’s auditorium.

Deputies responded to evaluate the situation, and no explosives were found. The church service was canceled while crews investigated.

The Gloucester Sheriff’s Office says a similar threat was called into Liberty Live’s services at Gloucester High School for a bomb and active shooter threat. Multiple agencies responded and evacuated the school, but no threat was determined.

The investigation into the false threats is ongoing.

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