Jumer’s Casino spokesperson reacts to bomb threat

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A brief scare Thursday afternoon for many across the Quad Cities. 

Bomb threats made by e-mail were sent to businesses, schools and casinos across the country.

They found their way to the Quad Cities, as well. 

Moline police say they responded to three of these threats Thursday afternoon. 

One at Kone where a spokesperson tells local four news an employee reported getting a suspicious e-mail. 

Bettendorf police say there were at least two there. 

Police say none of the threats were credible. 

A spokesperson for Jumer’s Casino and Hotel says once they received the bomb threat, they consulted with Illinois State Police on site as well as Rock Island Police. 

At the time, spokesperson Bill Renk says they decided to not to take any chances and evacuated about 400 people from the facility. 

“Of course you have to evaluate it and you want to do the right thing and you always want to use great caution, and for us that great caution is the fact that we definitely wanted to evacuate to keep everybody safe, just in case,” Renk says.

He says although he thought the email could be a hoax, he also knows it’s become a reality for many.

“You keep calm but you’re concerned. It’s not a, certainly not a joking matter, not today, too many things happen to too many people too many times.”

Renk says everyone was back in the building within a half hour.

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