Downtown Ithaca streets, gridlocked due to bomb threat at Hilton Garden Inn, have reopened

October 12, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

Update: IPD has issued an all-clear, and streets in the area have reopened.

Ithaca Police asked commuters and community members to avoid driving into or through Downtown Ithaca on Monday afternoon. Authorities have evacuated the Hilton Garden Inn following a bomb threat, and IPD says the area is "gridlocked."

The hotel at the corner of Seneca Street (Route 79 westbound) and North Tioga Street is attached to Seneca Place, an office building operated by Cornell University that mostly houses its Alumni Affairs and Development offices. Also in the building are Kilpatrick's, a Starbucks cafe, and Sarah's Patisserie.

Shortly after 3pm, emergency responders reached the scene of what Ithaca Police Department called "a critical incident" at the intersection of North Tioga and East Seneca Streets. As a precaution, surrounding buildings were also evacuated, and portions of several blocks, including Bank Alley on the Ithaca Commons, were blocked with yellow caution tape.

Emergency personnel directed some motorists to drive east on Seneca Street, which is one-way westbound, to clear the area. Ithaca Police Department public information officer Jamie Williamson says traffic in the surrounding blocks is at a standstill. TCAT warns that bus routes that usually travel through downtown will be delayed. Their operations team "is rerouting buses."

"A large contingency of police and fire department personnel are on scene," says IPD. "Please avoid the area until further advised."

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