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Bomb threats called into three Sunflower Diversified locations
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Pictured is the evacuation of the Sunflower Diversified Services facility near the Great Bend Municipal Airport Thursday afternoon. Bomb threats had been called in to three Sunflower locations. - photo by VERONICA COONS Great Bend Tribune

Occupants of three Sunflower Diversified Services locations have been evacuated after bomb threats were called in to the facilities, Great Bend Police Chief David Bailey said.

The threats were called to the Community Supports location near the Great Bend Municipal Airport, the Early Eduction Center on Patton Road and the Recycling Center on 10th Street. Witnesses at the airport plant observed orderly but rapid efforts to empty the buildings as the occupants were moved away via buses.

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said the Great Bend Police Department is the lead agency, but his office was helping with road blocks and searching structures.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.