WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35)
No explosives were found at Legoland Florida following a bomb threat and evacuation.
Guests and employees were evacuated out of the theme park and hotel Thursday afternoon, according to officials. Winter Haven police officers say the threat was in the form of an anonymous note left in the park.
The park was cleared and thoroughly searched with bomb-sniffing dogs. The park's general manager, Adrian Jones, said guest safety is their main concern.
“This decision was made in an abundance of caution at the advice of law enforcement. The safety of our guests is our number one priority.”
Despite the inconvenience, guests said it was handled well.
“From 12:15, I'm guessing 20 minutes, they headed out,” says L.G. Edwards, a Legoland Florida visitor, “so I don't know what the professionals say, but somebody down here on vacation with a couple of kids wanting everybody safe, that was pretty well done and everyone knew what they were doing, and that gave me comfort anyway.”
Officials said the park will remained closed for the rest of the day. They said they will work with guests to compensate them for their lost time, tickets, and hotel accommodations.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Tampa Police Bomb Squad and officials from the state fire marshal's office all assisted in the search.