Residents of an apartment complex in the West California area of Absecon were forced to evacuate their homes this morning, as police responded to a bomb threat in a community on Marin Drive.

A landlord called police to report a possible threat, while serving an eviction notice on a resident in the complex.

The Absecon Police Department, along with the Atlantic City Bomb Squad, Atlantic City Swat Team, The Atlantic County Prosecutor's office, Egg Harbor Township Police, Galloway Township Police, and the Pleasantville Police converged on the scene at approximately 9:35 this morning.

Residents were evacuated as a precaution as police evaluated the scene to determine the credibility of the threat.  Area residents were allowed to return home several hours after the situation began, and police determined there was nothing harmful on the scene.

Absecon Police Chief, JR Laughlin, said,

This incident serves as a testament to the exceptional teamwork and expertise of our law enforcement agencies. The immediate response and coordinated efforts of our local and county partners helped ensure the safety and well-being of our community.

The Absecon Police Department is now conducting an investigation to determine where the initial threat came from.  There were no reported arrests.

Residents in the area expressed gratitude to the police department for their quick response.

The Absecon Police Department thanked residents for their patience, and cooperation, and they also thanked local departments who responded.

We would like to express our gratitude to Pleasantville, Galloway and Egg Harbor Township Police Departments, Atlantic County Sherriff’s Department, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Atlantic County SWAT, Atlantic City Bomb Squad, Galloway Township EMS, and Absecon Fire Department.

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