Bomb threat that cleared downtown hotel was hoax

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police quickly determined a caller threatening to set off a bomb at an Austin hotel Wednesday was lying.

The call was placed to the Radisson at Congrees Avenue and Cesar Chavez around 11:10 a.m. from a person with a heavy accent.

It was a known scam the department has dealt with before, according to a spokesperson in APD’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit. The calls come from another country with an untraceable number, police say.

Austin police has two similar cases in 2013.

In similar cases that took place elsewhere in the U.S., the caller demanded money. APD was working to see if that was the case Wednesday.

The bomb squad was called per protocol, but did not respond to the scene after it was determined to be a hoax.

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