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Bomb scare shuts down credit union branches

A bomb scare at MacDill Federal Credit Union Monday afternoon led credit union officials to close all 11 branches in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties.

Someone called the credit union at 6701 S Dale Mabry Highway about 1:10 p.m. and said that a bomb was set to explode at one of the branches, but did not say which one, said Bob Fisher, president and chief executive officer of MacDill Federal.

"We evacuated everyone as soon as we got the call and vacated all the premises," Fisher said. About 260 employees were sent home early, he said.

Police departments were contacted and security personnel searched the inside and outside of all the credit union branches for suspicious packages but found none, Fisher said. No one claimed responsibility for the scare.

Two Tampa police responded to the S Dale Mabry location, which received the threatening call and found nothing unusual, said police spokesman Steve Cole.

The credit union hasn't had a bomb scare since about 1990, Fisher said. The branches will open today at the usual time of 8 a.m.

Membership at the non-profit financial cooperative is open to active and retired military personnel and anyone 50 or older who lives close to a credit union branch.