Petersburg assisted living facility deemed safe following bomb scare

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - A Petersburg assisted living facility has been deemed safe and residents have been allowed to return inside following an hours-long bomb scare Saturday.

According to Sgt. Thomas Molnar with Virginia State Police, just after 6:30 a.m., Petersburg Police requested assistance in the 30 block of W. Fillmore Street. Molnar confirmed to NBC12 the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Richmond Field Office Bomb Unit responded to the scene.

The Petersburg Fire Department tells us the originating call was for a suspicious package at the Fillmore Place Assisted Living Facility.

Around 12:15 p.m., our crew on the scene reported the bomb squad had detonated an item, believed to be the suspicious item that originated the call. That report was later verified by Ester Hyatt of Petersburg Police.

Hyatt tells NBC12 the residents of the facility, approximately 50, were all evacuated while crews investigated the suspicious item. The facility had food delivered to the displaced and police escorted those in need of restroom breaks to a safe location.

Hyatt confirms the suspicious device was discovered in a resident's room, but was not a bomb. However, it remains unclear what the item actually was.

At this point, Petersburg Police don't anticipate filing any charges.

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