GM East Plant cleared, device found in bathroom

Employees were evacauated from the GM plant in Lordstown.

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Production is back up and running at the General Motors Lordstown complex after it was shut down because of a bomb threat Tuesday night.

Authorities responded to the General Motors complex shortly after midnight. Security found what looked like a pipe bomb in a bathroom in the East Assembly plant.

Lordstown Police Chief Brent Milhoan said it looked like a pop can with a battery and copper wire attached to it.

Milhoan contacted the Youngstown Bomb Squad. About 500 workers in that part of the plant had to evacuate until the bomb squad determined the device was not explosive.

Not only was production shut down, but workers were sent outside in the bitter cold temperatures. Most sought warmth in their cars.

“Management said to go into your cars to keep warm, and they made the front offices available if anybody had to use restrooms,” said Michael Aurillo, UAW Local 1112.

Investigators will continue interviews and look at surveillance video to determine who placed the device. Milhoan said his department, Lordstown GM security, and the bomb squad will work together in the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lordstown Police Department at (330) 824-2545.

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