Wilmington Jewish Community Center one of several to report bomb threats Monday

The Siegel Jewish Community Center in Talleyville, Del., north of Wilmington, was evacuated for 2 1/2 hours Monday afternoon due to a bomb threat, one of several JCCs around the nation that reportedly received such threats during the day, officials said.

Seth J. Katzen, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Delaware, said the Siegel JCC was evacuated around 11:45 a.m. after a telephoned threat. Police did not find a bomb, he said, so the campus was reopened around 2:15 p.m.

Similar threats were reported Monday at JCCs in eight other states, Katzen said in an email announcement. He said they were in Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

CBS New York reported that a bomb threat at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, N.J., had prompted an evacuation and cancellations.

Five JCCs in Florida received threats Monday, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

A spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told the Associated Press that the agency was aware of the threats and was ready to assist local law enforcement.