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Spokesman: Smokey Bones bomb threat probably a prank

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Military dogs, many police at Smokey Bones in Fairview Heights

A large police presence late Friday morning was at Smokey Bones restaurant, 6118 N. Illinois St. in Fairview Heights. Working dogs from Scott Air Force Base were also at the restaurant, which was closed during what would usually be the lunch rush.
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A large police presence late Friday morning was at Smokey Bones restaurant, 6118 N. Illinois St. in Fairview Heights. Working dogs from Scott Air Force Base were also at the restaurant, which was closed during what would usually be the lunch rush.

A bomb threat Friday against Smokey Bones restaurant in Fairview Heights was most likely called in by a prankster, a spokesman for the restaurant chain said.

Rick Van Warner said the restaurant received the call around 10:15 a.m. Friday morning when employees were setting up for lunch.

Seven people were working at the time, including a server, bartender, four cooks and the manager, who took the call and ushered everyone outside before calling 911 on her cell phone in the parking lot.

Fairview Heights Police reponded with four or five cars, Van Warner said, and one bomb-sniffing dog. Police found no bomb on a visual search, and the dog didn’t find anything, either.

Van Warner commended the fast-thinking manager who quickly evacuated the restaurant.

“At the end of the day, we’re not going to take any chances,” Van Warner said.

Police showed up with a dog from Scott Air Force Base and blocked off the parking lot. Smokey Bones was back open for business Friday afternoon.

Police were not immediately available for comment. Smokey Bones is located at Illinois 159, near Kohl’s and Lowe’s.

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