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Sidewalks Shut Down in Ballston Due to Bomb Threat

by ARLnow.com March 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm 2,619 26 Comments

Update at 2:30 p.m. — The ‘all clear’ has been given. Streets and sidewalks are being reopened.

Police have shut down sidewalks in the area of Wilson Boulevard and North Quincy Street in Ballston due to a bomb threat at Everest College (801 N Quincy St).

The building has been evacuated and will be searched by police.

North Quincy Street has been closed between Wilson Boulevard and 9th Street. Traffic on Wilson Boulevard is unaffected.

  • KG

    I live across the street. Just had two cars collide at the intersection and one of them rammed the traffic light pole in front of the college. Cops were already there for the bomb threat. FUN FUN FUN.

  • Observed

    Lyon Parker Natalie Roy is protesting the closing of the sidewalk on such short notice. She wants to know why safety should trump years of use without concerns for safety.

  • KalishniKAVEMAN

    Hey, at least they’ll sweep some bums off that sidewalk.

    • Haha, sweep up the bums? Ballston is nearly bum-less, short of the guy who wears camo shorts and constantly asks for work and says “pretty hair/dress, pretty lady”.

      • Virginia^2

        I first saw camo shorts guy in late summer selling old video games out of a milk crate outside of Goody’s, and he has asked me for work twice since then. They seem like things that a very-recently homeless, down-on-his-luck guy would do, but from the “pretty dress/hair, pretty lady” thing, it sounds like there are some deeper issues.

      • Maria

        I’ve gotten/heard “pretty eyes” from him a couple times.

        • Made your day

          • Maria

            Damn right. Doesn’t even matter that I’ve heard him say it to 50 other women. I feel special.

  • CW

    That’s somewhat of a “bum desert” actually; they’re all either at Oakland Park or near the mall.

    • BallstonNOTBoston

      Calm down there guy – “bum desert” sounds like you need to lay off the gay porn.

      • CW

        Lol – I was thinking more like along the lines of “food desert”…

  • Paco

    Obviously some kids from Strayer College pranking arch-rival Everett.

    • Paco

      Err, Everest. Everett College moved away.

  • Arlingtonian

    Clearly someone didn’t agree with the lunch specials at the Thai Restaurant.

    • CW

      The owners of the new Burapa Thai probably.

    • Minnie

      My bf is so witty!

  • OddNumber

    I was one of those displaced while the police searched the building, Rustico was nice enough to bring out samples of their pizza for the crowd and handed out coupons. Pretty smart, I am more likely to stop in there for lunch now.

    • JamesE

      Rustico called in the bomb threat, brilliant marketing.

  • Bryan

    I guess “somebody” at Everest College didn’t want to take a test.

    • DudeGuy

      They don’t take tests.. you just show up and not act high and you are the “winner” that day.

      • Tre


  • Arlingtonian

    I was wondering what was going on over there and I knew I could check Arlnow and find out. Thanks.

  • JohnW

    Was the daycare down the street in the church secured?

    • Idi Amin Dada

      Yes, they passed out ammo to all the little brats with firearms.

      • Tater Salad

        and Steve stopped by with smokes.

        • CW



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