State police have responded to a Franklin County preschool where all children were safely evacuated Friday afternoon following a bomb threat.
Trooper Robert Hicks, a state police spokesman, said the Growing Tree Preschool in Marion received the threat in a telephone call at around 2 p.m.
The caller stated that a device would go off as children were being dismissed from the preschool at 126 Social Island Road, Hicks said.
Troopers used a bomb sniffing dog to check the building and were waiting for a bomb squad to arrive.
They expected to remain on the scene until at least 7 p.m.
Route 11 and other roads in the area are closed.
Police are urging people to avoid the area.