KIDDER TOWNSHIP, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — More than 100 guests at the Split Rock Resort were evacuated due to a bomb threat late Wednesday morning.
The guests still have not returned back to their rooms. Some ended their stay early and returned home while others relocated to a nearby firehouse.
Just before noon Wednesday, an email was sent to the resort saying there was a bomb. According to authorities, a specific location was not mentioned.
Lake Harmony Fire Company responded to help evacuate guests at the town center.
Guests were transported to Lake Harmony Fire Company and Split Rock Country Club. Once the entire resort was evacuated, around 140 people, authorities started their bomb search operation.
Kidder Township and the state police are part of the investigation as well as five other agencies from across the area. Bomb-sniffing dogs were searching in and out of more than half a dozen buildings.
Eyewitness News spoke with the Lake Harmony fire chief who was on scene first to help with the evacuations.
“It’s that one time when, you know, kind of bury your head in the sand or say it can’t happen here… Is when it happens. So, we got to do everything we can to ensure the owners of the resort and the guests that everything is safe to return,” said Chief Ralph Lennon, Lake Harmony Fire Company.
It’s not clear yet when guests will be able to return.
A Split Rock Resort spokesperson stated the following:
“We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the Emergency Response professionals whose expertise and direction has guided our efforts in safely and responsibly evacuating guests. We would also like to share our gratitude to Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Company and Split Rock Golf & Country Club for their hospitality accommodating these guests while professionals performed their duty of evaluating the resort. The American Red Cross also played a valuable role on scene during this matter to assist in ensuring guest comfort which we are extremely grateful for and encourage all to recognize the importance of this organization and its value to the community.”Jeanine Hofbauer, Director of Marketing and Guest Experience Management Split Rock Resort
We will bring you more on this developing situation as information is released.