Official: Pa. Boeing plant evacuated over threat

RIDLEY PARK, Pa. (AP) — Part of a Boeing factory near Philadelphia was evacuated today after a threatening note was found, a company spokesman said.

Neither the company nor police divulged what was in the note or who left it, but it forced several hundred employees to leave the sprawling plant between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

The Ridley Park factory produces aircraft including the H-47 Chinook helicopter and the V-22 Osprey.

“The threat related to one of our production facilities,” said Boeing spokesman Damien Mills.

Another spokesman, Andrew Lee, said it remained uncertain whether workers would return to their jobs later today.

Doc Price, 63, who works as an aircraft tech on the Chinook, said they got word to leave the building early.

“They just said, ‘Everyone, out of the building,”’ he said.

Asked if there was any word on who left the note, Price said he didn’t know, but added that “somebody probably made a major mistake.”

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