PERRYSVILLE, OH - Ohio Homeland Security, Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Ashland County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad, the Ashland Sheriff's Department, Perrysville EMS, Perrysville Fire Department, and two Kent State University K-9 Bomb Squads all responded to a bomb threat at The Step2 Company in Perrysville. The bomb threat was found by Step2 management staff in a men's restroom on a toilet paper dispenser shortly after 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The building, containing approximately 60 employees at the time, was evacuated. Everyone is reported safe. The more than 270,000 square-foot building has been pronounced clear after a thorough five-hour long search. The amount of dust in the building required the K-9's to take breaks for safety reasons.
First shift employees were allowed to retrieve any personal items from the building around 6 p.m., and second shift employees were permitted entrance in order to resume production.
Law enforcement officers used the building's security cameras to identify multiple people of interest and are now conducting interviews. The person responsible could possibly face a felony charge of inducing panic, due to the large number of employees. However, the event is still under investigation.