Front Street in Harrisburg reopens after apparent prank on police

UPDATE at 3:47 p.m. –

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Police have reopened a section of Front Street in Harrisburg after an incident apparently prompted by a prank phone call.

Authorities said they received a call around 1:30 p.m. from a person who claimed they had shot someone and were holding hostages in the 1100 block of North Front. The caller claimed that if police showed up, the hostages would start dying.

Several officers searched door-to-door in the area between Cumberland and Herr. Traffic was diverted, and no bicycles and pedestrians were allowed in Riverfront Park between Cumberland and Herr.

After about two hours, police found nothing suspicious.

“Obviously, it’s going to take a little bit more follow-up on our part,” police Captain Deric Moody said. “The phone call, when it came in, it came in as a blocked number, so that causes a little bit of difficulty for us as far as ease of tracing it back.”

Authorities said they’re taking the incident seriously given the amount of resources that were wasted while investigating the threat.

“That’s the sad part about it,” Moody said. “As busy as we are with the things that are going on, in any city everywhere, this is what we really don’t have time for: prank calls.”


 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A section of Front Street in Harrisburg is closed for a police incident.

Officers have closed Front at Verbeke Street for an investigation in the area of Cumberland Street.

Traffic is being diverted, and no bicycles and pedestrians are allowed in Riverfront Park between Cumberland and Herr.

Police have not disclosed the nature of the investigation.

ABC 27 News is on the scene and will provide additional information as soon as it is available.

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