Police say threat may not have been intended for Penn Yan site

A bomb threat was made at 1:24 p.m. April 4 against the Silgan Plastics plant on Powell Lane in Penn Yan. Village Police report an unknown person called the factory, claiming there was a bomb in the building.

Upon arrival, officers assisted in the evacuation of the building and checked the grounds, while New York State Police and Ontario County Sheriff’s Office bomb sniffing K-9 units were called in to conduct a search of the building. Yates County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted in securing the scene.

After a thorough search of the building and grounds, no explosive devices were detected, and employees were allowed to return to work without incident. Penn Yan Police Chief Thomas Dunham says the investigation into who made the threat is continuing.

Silgan has 19 plants and five sales offices located in the U.S. and Canada. “The call came in through the Pennsylvania call center for Silgan,” says Dunham. “We’re still trying to determine if the threat was intended for Penn Yan specifically, or if it was inadvertently routed to the Penn Yan plant.” Investigators say the caller may have used the internal phone network in an attempt to conceal the origin of the call, and telephone records have been subpoenaed.

Police say the person responsible for the false threat could face felony charges. In New York State penal law, making terroristic threats, even when false and with no actual attempt, is a class D felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison.