Police: Florida man makes bomb threats directed at Bridgeport synagogue

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Police say they have identified the man who called in a bomb threat at a Bridgeport synagogue Friday.

Police say two bomb threat calls were made by a male just after 2 p.m. directed at 2710 Park Ave., the Congregation B'nai Israel.

Bridgeport police and fire departments secured the scene. Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in, but found nothing.

Police say the man responsible is in his 60s and lives in Florida. His identity hasn't been released to the public. They say the man has a history of mental health issues, and has done similar things in the past.

Police say all occupants were safely evacuated. They say the police and fire departments probed the building along side the FBI and New Haven police as a precautionary measure.

"The norm isnt the anger, the norm isnt the fear, the norm should be going about your business and appreciating your life," says Rich Walden, a member of the congregation for 30 years.

Bridgeport Police Chief AJ Perez says because of what happened at the synagogue, there will be a significant police presence there and at other houses of worship this weekend.

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