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Update:

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office provided additional information regarding the bomb threat this morning at the Westlake Bojangles.

The Franklin County Communications Center received a 911 call at approximately 8:01 a.m. today alerting of a possible bomb planted in the Westlake Bojangles located at 49 Lakewatch Center Drive in Moneta.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call, evacuated the restaurant and set up a security perimeter. Vehicle traffic on Booker T. Washington Highway/Route 122 was stopped in the immediate area for safety.

Once the building was fully cleared of threats, vehicle traffic was opened back up.

The business remains closed for the day, and this investigation is ongoing.

Initial investigation leads the office to believe it is a false accusation, known as swatting, with no threat to the community.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office thanked the following agencies for their assistance in this resolving this incident: Virginia State Police, Franklin County Public Safety, and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Update 10:30 a.m.:

The Westlake Bojangles building was cleared by 10 a.m., according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

The bomb threat call is believed to have been a false accusation.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Original

Franklin County Sheriff's Office is investigating a bomb threat called in for the Westlake Bojangles.

The public is asked to avoid the area. Updates will be provided when available.

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