Bomb hoax prompts evacuation of Jewish Community Center

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla was evacuated Tuesday morning after receiving a bomb threat.

San Diego police were alerted to the threat made against the Lawrence Family JCC on Executive Drive shortly before 9 a.m., San Diego police Officer Joshua Hodge said. It was not immediately clear how many people were in the building at the time.

A woman who was evacuated from the center told FOX 5 she was thankful they took safety precautions to get everyone outside. She also admitted that being from Israel she was used to bomb threats.

Authorities searched the facility with service dogs and determined that no hazards existed, Sgt. Lisa McKean said. Officials gave an all-clear about 10:30 a.m., she said.

JCCs across the country, including Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Utah and Wisconsin, were evacuated Tuesday morning due to similar threats.

It was the third spate of such threats this month.

On Jan. 18, bomb threats were made to 27 Jewish community centers in 17 states, according to the JCC Association of North America. The FBI launched an investigation after the first round of bogus threats affected 16 centers in nine states on Jan. 9.