FD: Busch Gardens bomb note was found in bathroom

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Busch Gardens Williamsburg has reopened after a bomb threat was determined to be unfounded Sunday afternoon.

Just after 3 p.m., Busch Gardens officials say they began evacuating the park’s England village after an employee received information about a bomb threat. According to James City County Assistant Fire Chief Robert Ryalls, a note was found  in a bathroom near the main entrance to the park saying there was a bomb in that area.

The park entrance was closed for about 10 minutes and guests were not allowed to exit or enter. James City County authorities were notified.

Busch Gardens officials said JCC fire crews searched the area and found nothing suspicious, so the park was reopened. The England village reopened around 5:55 p.m.

Busch Gardens guests said the rest of the park continued normal operations throughout the entire event. Some guests said they didn’t even know there was a bomb threat until they looked up local news reports.

Guests told WAVY.com two announcements were made over a loudspeaker. The announcement said there was an emergency in the England village, and no one would be allowed to enter or exit the park.

Richard and Kathy Crisler traveled from Washington, D.C. to Busch Gardens for the day. The Crislers said the only problem they experienced was it took about 45 minutes to leave the park, once they were ready, because they had to walk to alternate exits.

“My granddaughter just kept saying, ‘Why are they making us walk back and forth? My legs are tired,’” Kathy said.

Police and fire marshals are still investigating the incident. Ryalls said they are following leads, but have no suspects, yet.

Stay with WAVY.com and Wavy News on air for updates as they become available.

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