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Ocean County Mall Bomb Threat May Have Been Part of Pattern

Ocean County Mall (Photo: Simon)
Ocean County Mall (Photo: Simon)

Investigators are looking into whether a bomb threat that led to the evacuation of the Ocean County Mall Wednesday night was the third in a string of similar threats.

The mall’s office staff received a call at 7 p.m., with the person on the line stating that there was a bomb inside of the building and that “people were going to get hurt,” said Ralph Stocco, Toms River Police spokesman.

“Out of an abundance of caution the mall was evacuated and a command post set up in the parking lot,” Stocco said.


A specially trained explosive sniffing K9 Task Force was activated and a systematic search of the mall took place; the building was deemed safe around midnight.

Stocco said detectives are now investigating whether the Ocean County Mall threat could be connected to similar bomb threats that were called into a mall in Deptford Township and a hospital in Plainsboro Township around the same time.

  • WhiteyisFedup

    I know they are going to take every threat serious, but who the hell is gonna go through the trouble of bombing the crappy ocean county mall?

  • SB

    It’s a shame that people are wasting valuable resources that might be needed for a real crisis. It’s inevitable that if these false alarms keep getting called in, people will die while waiting for help. Maybe by a twist a fate it will be one of the losers pulling the pranks.