by Kavita Mehta
Union County College was the victim of two false bomb threats on April 2 and April 11. According to Union County Police Chief Daniel Vaniska, of the three campuses, Cranford was the target of these threats.
The county’s bomb squad swept all UCC campuses with dogs on both days a threat was reported, but no explosives were found. Detective James Wozniak of the Cranford Police Department said, “We called in the Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit and the Bomb Squad to sweep the buildings.”
On April 2, a bomb threat was called into the admissions office of the Cranford campus at approximately 3 p.m, referencing all of the campuses and saying a bomb would go off at 5 p.m. Just after 4 p.m., fire alarms began to sound throughout each campus, everybody evacuated, and classes were canceled for the rest of that day. However, nothing exploded at any of the campuses.
“The college is closed immediately and classes will be cancelled for the duration of the day and evening,” said Ellen Dotto, executive director of college relations for UCC, on April 2.
Vaniska said that “the campus in Cranford was swept with negative findings."
A similar bomb threat call happened on April 11. But only the Cranford campus was shut down and all students and faculty were ordered to evaculate whatever building they were in. Police said the college re-opened the same afternoon.
Wozniak said the investigation and evacuation of the Cranford campus resulted in traffic delays on Springfield Avenue. The entrance to the campus serves as a bus stop for NJ Transit buses. The buses were forced to circle the campus until the road leading onto the school grounds was again opened to traffic.
This is the second time this month that a false bomb threat was received by UCC and the police are continuing to investigate the source of the threat.