Carmike reopens following bomb scare

POSTED: 4:30 PM Aug 30 2012   UPDATED: 8:47 AM Aug 18 2012
HAVELOCK -

Federal explosive crews have given the all clear at a Havelock movie theater, after a series of bomb threats to Carmike locations nationwide.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, from Cherry Point, said they did not find any bombs inside Cinema 6 Friday afternoon.

That team had brought a bomb-handling robot to the scene after a bomb-sniffing dog indicated it had found something suspicious.

"[The dog] just started reacting and the handler realized there was something going on and backed off from the area," said Lt. B. Borton of the Havelock Police Department.

Teams sent in a robot, which retrieved several boxes from the suspicious area as indicated by the dog.

The robot brought several packages outside.

But, at about 3 p.m., officials said that no bombs were found and the incident was a false alarm.

It's not clear why the dog indicated something suspicious was inside, officials said.

McCotter Boulevard was closed during the investigation, but has since reopened.

Other Carmike theaters were evacuated, including North Carolina locations in Washington, Jacksonville, Durham and Wilmington.