Late Saturday afternoon WMRC reported that there may be a hostage and bomb threat situation at Hopkinton Library after a 911 call from an anonymous source claimed to have two hostages and a bomb in the library. That call came in at 5:30pm. Over the next 3 hours, roads were closed, businesses evacuated and residents remained on edge with the new of what may be unfolding in their normally quiet, quaint town.
It wasn't until 8:30pm when Hopkinton fire and police, tactical officers from Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council and law enforcement assistance from surrounding towns determined that the danger from within the library was non-existent. The 911 phone call was indeed a hoax and determined to be the result of a growing trend called swatting where a 911 call is placed in hopes that a SWAT team will be called to the reported scene.
“It’s just an incredible waste of resources,” Police Chief Ed Lee said, “and it’s a danger, officers responding to this type of situation. We’re going to do everything we can to investigate and try to find out where the call came from.”
The result was a town in fear, traffic diverted throughout the ordeal and mass canceled at St. John the Evangelist Church.
Lee is working closely with local and state officials to trace the 911 call back to the hoax instigator.
More on WMRC Daybreak with Ed Thompson Monday morning.
WMRC's Ray Auger