Threat shuts down branch of Kenton County Public Library

Threat shuts down branch of Kenton County Public Library

ERLANGER, KY (FOX19) - The Kenton County Public Library in Erlanger is shut down due to a threat made on social media.

A person on Facebook threatened to bomb and shoot up the Erlanger branch around 10 a.m. Thursday.

Erlanger Police say they are taking the threat seriously. SWAT and K9 units swept the building after staff and visitors evacuated.

"Due to unforeseen circumstances the Erlanger Branch will be closed this afternoon. We will provide updates on our Facebook page throughout the day as to the reopening," read a Facebook status.

An arrest has not been made in the threat and the suspect's information is "being withheld until investigators can examine evidence," a release from Erlanger police said.

"I think it's horrible that you can't anywhere nowadays with things happening," said library patron, Carol Ohlhauser. "It was never like that when I was growing up. It's a shame we can't get back to way we used to be."

Screen shots of the apparent threat show six different posts containing explicit language or violent threats against the library. (Mobile users can see the images at these links: Image 1 Image 2)

As a precaution, officers are patrolling Independence library branch, according to Kenton Co. police.

The Erlanger branch is located on Kenton Lands Road. The library is expected to reopen on Friday.

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