NFL Bomb Threat

A user on a website posted a bomb threat against seven NFL stadiums, including Houston's Reliant Stadium. The government has downplayed the threat, saying there is no credible evidence to support it. Houston Public Radio's Laurie Johnson reports.

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The bomb threat was posted October 12th on the website. The user said radiological dirty bombs would be delivered to the stadiums in trucks. The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement saying there's no intelligence that such an attack is imminent. The threat was made against Reliant Stadium, along with NFL stadiums in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Seattle, Oakland and Cleveland. Reliant Park President Shea Guinn made a brief statement this afternoon.

"We have and continue to maintain a good, working relationship with both local and federal law enforcement agencies, and based on the Department of Homeland Security's statement; they have judged that there is not a credible threat to the greater Houston area. As we do with all of our events at Reliant Park, we are working with our law enforcement officials and DHS to ensure a safe environment for all fans, players and gameday employees. For the safety of the facility, our policy remains that we are not able to disclose any detailed security procedure or information."

Guinn would not take questions from the media. The website claim said the bombs would go off nearly simultaneously during games this Sunday. The Houston Texans are scheduled to host Jacksonville on Sunday. NFL officials say their stadiums are well protected through comprehensive security measures. Laurie Johnson, Houston Public Radio News.

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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...