A bomb threat to the Texas Right To Life office in Bellaire — and the discovery of a suspicious package — caused the police to evacuate the building Friday morning (Sept. 10).
According to a release from the city of Bellaire, the police department received a report from the organization that it had received an emailed bomb threat to its office at 4500 Bissonnet St.
As police were at the scene, a postal employee delivered the mail, including a “suspicious package,” causing the officers to clear the building, the release said. The Houston PD bomb squad was called to the building, and an X-ray of the package showed that the contents were “inert,” and not a threat.
“Texas Right to Life did the right thing in contacting the police,” the police statement said. “It was fortunate that our officers were on scene when the suspicious package was delivered, and we appreciate the occupants of the building working with police to quickly clear out in the event that this was an actual bomb.”
The package was taken as evidence by Bellaire officers, and the investigation will continue, they said.
A bomb threat is a class A misdemeanor, categorized as a “terroristic threat” and punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and as much as a year in jail.
Police reported that one of Texas Right To Life’s websites had been “taken down earlier this week in an apparent targeted internet attack.”