Bomb threat rattles Gadsden County chicken farm

Briefing Bomb Squad and Law Enforcement before the search.
Photo Credit: Kayla Carter

QUINCY — Gadsden County authorities responded to a bomb threat at a chicken farm at approximately 10:55 a.m. Monday.

The Cal-Maine Foods Chicken Farm, located at 763 Shade Farm Road, sits on acres of land in the city of Quincy.

The manager of the company called Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office and said the company received a call from an unfamiliar number in which the person said they would “blow the place up.”

Sgt. Anglie Hightower, spokeswoman for the GCSO, said Gadsden County law enforcement took precautionary measures to evacuate employees out of the building. In addition, GCSO called the Leon County Bomb Task Force to help assist them as they began a search of the buildings and plant grounds.

“The team searched all through the buildings to detect any clues or suspicious activity, but nothing was out of the normal,” Hightower said.

It is still unclear why someone would threaten to bomb a chicken farm and the manager can’t wrap his mind around the situation.

The manager was asked if he had any clue who could’ve possibly want to threaten the company and he said it could possibly be a former employee who had been terminated not too long ago, but he wasn’t 100 percent sure.

According to a release from GCSO, this isn’t Gadsden County’s first time dealing with bomb threats. Hightower said deputies were glad there was no suspicious activity or devices detected in or outside of the building.

Hightower said there were no visible signs of bomb-related devices and that law enforcement cleared the building around 1:45 p.m. Employees were able to resume all scheduled activities.

No arrest has been reported.