The Honda Marysville Auto Plant is back in operation, after it was evacuated and employees sent
home this morning when a written bomb threat was found in a plant bathroom.
The note was found at 10:41 a.m. and said that something bad would happen at a specific time,
said Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton. It was Honda’s call, he said, to send everyone home and he
was happy they did so.
Patton called the Franklin County sheriff’s office, which eventually brought in 12 bomb-sniffing
dogs from a variety of law-enforcement agencies, he said.
“Based on the size of the facility and the magnitude of the threat, we let Franklin County to
decide the best way to approach it and sweep the grounds,” Patton said.
Units from fire departments in Allen Township, Liberty Township and Marysville responded, and
bomb-sniffing dogs from nine law-enforcement agencies, including the Columbus Division of Fire, the
Ohio State University Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the State Highway
Patrol, were called in.
After what Patton described as an extensive search and sweep of certain areas of the plant, no
suspicious devices were found and authorities determined that there was no threat to public safety
at the plant.
Once the scene was cleared, Honda brought in its second-shift workers about two hours later.