Bomb Threat At Rolling Stones Concert
October 7, 2005 --
Tonight, during the Rolling Stones concert at the University of Virginia, a bomb threat was phoned in at 8:56 p.m. to 911. The threat was specific to the stage area in Scott Stadium.
Within minutes Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones' lead singer, was alerted and he announced that the band would take a 10-minute break. The band immediately left the stage area.
Three bomb dogs, already on site, were brought onto the field to sweep the stage and the areas adjacent to it. The dogs had been brought to Scott Stadium stadium earlier in the day to sweep the entire stadium and were kept on site. (These precautionary measures are standard operating procedure for all home football games.)
Every action was taken to ensure the safety of those in attendance. The crowd of approximately 50,000 was cooperative and worked with the police and concert staff throughout the sweep, which lasted for about 45 minutes.
Once the police concluded their sweep and found no device, University officials allowed the concert resumed. The band said it would not cut the concert short, and completed the entire repertoire. The show finally concluded -- without further incident -- at midnight.
The bomb threat will be under investigation by University of Virginia Police with the assistance of Charlottesville, Albemarle and State police, all of which were in attendance at Thursday night's concert and part of the Command Center that included representatives from the FBI, Fire Departments and the Rescue Squad.
Contact: Carol Wood, (434) 924-6189