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Bomb squad, FBI, ATF determine HCC bomb threat was coded drug message

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Holyoke police block the entrance to HCC. (Twitter / @BrianSteele22) Holyoke police block the entrance to HCC. (Twitter / @BrianSteele22)

The FBI, ATF and state police bomb squad investigated a bomb threat that was made towards Holyoke Community College Thursday morning, but authorities quickly determined the message was not a real threat, rather a coded drug sale message.

Police identified a juvenile who made the comments on the anonymous social media website Yik Yak and arrested him on a slew of drug charges, according to Jennifer Mieth, public information officer for the Holyoke Department of Fire Services.

The juvenile was charged with distribution of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and distribution of marijuana in a school zone, Mieth said.

The incident was investigated by Holyoke Community College Campus Police, state troopers assigned to the Hampden County District Attorney's office, and the Holyoke police and fire departments.

In addition, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and state police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal also took part in the investigation, Mieth said.

The message was reported to campus police at 9:40 a.m. and the Douglas Building was evacuated. The building was cleared by state police by 11 a.m. Classes in the Donahue Building that began after 4 p.m. proceeded as scheduled Thursday along with all other classes and activities on campus.

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