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Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuations, Road Closure in New Haven

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A mental health treatment facility and surrounding buildings in New Haven were evacuated due to a bomb threat Tuesday. The situation is now safe, but police are still investigating.

Public safety officials say the threat was made against the Retreat Behavioral Hospital on Ella Grasso Boulevard. Buildings in the area were evacuated and the road shut down for several hours while emergency crews investigated.

Retreat Behavioral Hospital released a statement to NBC Connecticut:

"Retreat Behavioral Health received a report of a bomb threat this afternoon. Our dedicated staff immediately contacted New Haven Police about the incident and evacuated the building. Law enforcement and other agencies quickly responded to the scene. Our patients and staff are being transported to a local church to get out of the cold. The health and safety of our patients, staff, and community remain our top priority."

The New Haven Police Department Hazardous Device Team determined the area was safe and everyone is allowed to return to the buildings. The Major Crimes Unit is investigating the threat.

No other details were immediately available.

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