Public Evacuated from Arlington National Cemetery After Bomb Threat

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At around 9:30 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, a bomb threat was received at Arlington National Cemetery, prompting  an evacuation of personnel and the public. There were 11 to 23 funerals scheduled for the afternoon, all of which were set to continue in spite of the threat.

Bomb technicians swept cars near the cemetery, and the search spread throughout the grounds and facilities. The exact nature of the threat was not released.

Normal operations resumed at 3 p.m..

Arlington’s Facebook Page reported,

UPDATE: As of 3 p.m., normal operations have resumed and the cemetery is open to the public. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/…/a.200950083975/10157665970218976/.

UPDATE: As of 1 p.m., we are closed to the public the rest of the day (Aug. 22). We are open to funeral attendees and family pass holders.

We will continue to post updates on our website and social media platforms.

UPDATE: As of 12 p.m., we are closed to the public the rest of the day. We will conduct all funerals as scheduled.

We will continue to post updates on our website and social media platforms.

UPDATE: As of 11:30 a.m., the cemetery is temporarily closed to the general public but is open for conducting funeral services.

Arlington National Cemetery officials and Joint Base Myer – Henderson Hall emergency services are currently responding to a #BombThreat to the cemetery.

All families, visitors and employees have been evacuated safely from all public buildings and work areas while the threat is being investigated.

We will update the public as soon as we have additional information.

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