ITHACA, N.Y. –– Diners at Texas Roadhouse were escorted out of the building by staff Thursday as the Ithaca Police Department investigated reports of a bomb threat.

At approximately 6:13 p.m., IPD officers responded to the Texas Roadhouse Restaurant located at 721 South Meadow St. after management alerted law enforcement that “a male made several calls to the business stating that there was a bomb inside.”

The management decided to evacuate the restaurant while IPD and Cornell Police Department K9 units searched the business.

According to IPD Deputy Chief John Joly, “no items or areas of concern were located by the explosive detector dogs.”

The IPD Investigative Division is continuing to investigate this incident.

Video courtesy of Ithaca resident Jack LoPinto

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