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Bogus bomb threats called at state theaters

The Wynnsong Cinemas on the corner of Nottingham Way and Ledo Road was targeted with a bogus bomb threat on Friday.

The Wynnsong Cinemas on the corner of Nottingham Way and Ledo Road was targeted with a bogus bomb threat on Friday.

ALBANY — A reported bomb threat called to Carmike Cinemas’ headquarters in Columbus led to Albany Police Department officers checking the local Wynnsong Cinemas before 11:10 a.m. Friday.

By 11:45 a.m., officers had searched the theater, found nothing out of the ordinary and allowed employees back in. A crowd of more than a dozen people lined up for tickets almost immediately after that.

“This is probably the biggest movie opening since the shootings in Colorado,” said a Wynnsong employee, who spoke undre condition of anonymity. “We have big movies opening and expect a lot of people. The police were called for a routine safety measure.”

The bomb threats came about a month after a man in Aurora Colo. gunned down more than 50 people, killing 12, at a movie theater. More recently, threats came after a 23-year-old man was arrested without a problem Thursday night for carrying a gun at a Carmike theater in Columbus, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

According to reports, none of the gun incidents connect to the bomb threats. No bombs were found at any of Carmike’s theaters in the state.

According to reports in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Carmike Cinemas owns 25 theaters in Georgia, including Albany. Officers also checked Carmike theaters in Atlanta, Snellville, Canton, Newnan, Hiram, Conyers, Cumming and Bartow County, according to police in various agencies.

Callers identifying themselves as employees of a vendor used by the Columbus-based Carmike Cinemas made the threats to theaters, Terrell Mayton, company spokesman, said Friday afternoon.

“The threats were made in multiple states, but nothing suspicious has been located,” Mayton said. “A threat was also phoned into the corporate office,” he said.

All of the threats concerned the action movie “The Expendables 2,” which opened Friday, Mayton said. “We acted very quickly to make sure our patrons are safe,” he added.