From azcentral.com, “Chandler police: Bomb threat made at Chandler Intel campus“
Authorities are investigating a call received on Monday morning of a bomb threat at a building that is under construction at the Intel Corporation’s Ocotillo campus in Chandler.
The building was evacuated after the call was received at about 5:30 a.m. and that police and authorities at Intel are in the process of searching the building, Chandler police spokesman Seth Tyler said. The rest of the facility is still running, police said.
Tyler said authorities searching near the building “haven’t found anything” and that Intel has “been doing a lot of the search on their own.”
Update: Chandler police: No bomb found on Chandler Intel campus:
Authorities found no explosives after a bomb threat on Monday morning at a building under construction at the Intel Corporation’s Ocotillo Campus in Chandler.
The building was evacuated after a call was received at about 5:30 a.m. Police and authorities at Intel finished searching the building using bomb-sniffing canine units at about 2:30 p.m., Chandler police spokesman Seth Tyler said. The rest of the facility is still running, police said.
Tyler said authorities searching near the building did not find anything and that Intel had done a lot of the search on their own.
Construction workers working on the building were sent home around 10 a.m.
President Barack Obama to Arizona speaking at Intel’s Fab 42, a state of that art chip manufacturing plant under construction in Chandler, AZ on January 25, 2012. from Intel Photos on Flickr
AZCentral.com has three articles about President Obama visit to the Intel site in Chandler on Thursday.
Obama or Intel haven’t made any friends with the construction workers according to the article “Obama’s visit tests readiness at Intel“.
One necessary requirement for hosting the president was shutting down construction for a day on the Fab 42 site, which didn’t sit well with all of the project’s roughly 3,000 active workers.
Some complained that they would not be paid for the unscheduled day off.
Jones said the one-day hiatus would be handled the same as if a thunderstorm had rolled into town Wednesday. A make-up day will be scheduled, and crews will be paid to work that day, instead, Jones said.
Apparently the 6000 people that came to see Obama’s speech had to stand for hours and many got sick doing so according to the article “Thousands wait for hours to see Obama“.
He would not be the only one on whom the day took a toll. Some left in wheelchairs, some walked out on their own, but clearly even a perfect January day can be a bit overwhelming after standing in the sun for hours on end.
There was the expected political nonsense from people who didn’t vote for Obama in the article “Leaders: Obama had no role in Intel project“.
Weninger said he sees the president’s visit as a political move by Obama to take credit for the Intel project. “I respect the president and am happy he is coming to Chandler and highlighting Intel and our great business community,” he posted on his political Facebook page. “I’m just saying it’s not true if he insinuates that his policies led to this expansion. It didn’t. When you couple his press release with the visit a day after the State of the Union, it’s hard to come to a different conclusion.”
I drove home tonight to the smell of natural gas. Apparently, while working on the Rio Rancho Unser road improvements, construction workers broke through a 16 inch (16 inch!) natural gas pipe. As of 7pm tonight, there were some mandatory evacuations.
I assume that houses in lower valleys are being evacuated.