Update: No suspicious device found after bomb threat at Newton YMCA

NEWTON, Kan. (KWCH) Update: The Newton Police Department says the scene is clear and no suspicious device was found at the Newton YMCA following a bomb threat at the facility Thursday evening.

Police say the Newton YMCA is closed for business for the rest of the night, but will be open for people to retrieve personal property that was left behind when they had to evacuate the building.


The Newton YMCA was evacuated Thursday evening due to a bomb threat.

Harvey County dispatchers say the call came in around 6:20 p.m. Newton police say officers are searching the building with assistance from a K-9 with the Kansas Highway Patrol.

"Please avoid the area in the meantime," police say.

Police say YMCA members were evacuated to Newton Medical Center. This is where parents of children dropped off at the YMCA can pick up them up.

"Unfortunately, Y members who left their belongings in lockers will not be allowed back inside the Y until the building has been cleared," police say.

Newton police were called to the local Walmart store on Wednesday morning for a bomb threat.

This is the second such response for Newton police in as many days. Wednesday, the town's Walmart store was evacuated and searched following a bomb threat. Nothing was found.