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UPDATE: Person who said Cayuga County Mental Health Center would be ‘blown up’ had history of threats

Police say they have identified the person who made the bomb threat that shut down the Cayuga County Mental Health Center on Wednesday.

They say it was a client with mental health issues.

The clinic remained closed on Thursday — after the announcement was made at 4 p.m. on Wednesday that it would remain shut down until Friday at 8 a.m.

The offices located 146 North Street in Auburn serve the entire County for mental health services.



Cayuga County Administrator J. Justin Woods told the Auburn Citizen that the building was evacuated mid-afternoon due to a bomb threat received over the phone. Woods said the Auburn Police Department handled the incident and recommended that the facility be cleared and vacated for 24 hours. Clients whose appointments are affected by the closure were being contacted by staff to reschedule, Woods said.

This wasn’t a unique set of circumstances.

Police said the caller had made false bomb threats in the past. The person, who was not identified, said the building would be ‘blown up’, but no explosive were located. Police also said that there was no risk to the public.

It’s not clear at this point if criminal charges will be filed. The person is being treated by healthcare professionals.

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