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Police confirm bomb threat as cause of Ruoff evacuation

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Investigators with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office this evening gave more information concerning the security issue at the Rascal Flatts concert at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville Aug. 9.

Police have confirmed that the security concern was a bomb threat that was deemed a credible danger.

“Exact information on how the threat was made, reported, and other details concerning the incident will not be released as these points are integral to the current open investigation,” the statement read.

Many concertgoers said they left thinking the show ended with no encore or were confused after they were asked to leave the venue just before 11 p.m. Aug. 9.

Police said once the concern was made known, venue, security and law enforcement personnel took action for the safety of concertgoers and the artists.

Live Nation has issued the following statement on Aug. 10:

“Last night, a safety concern presented itself during the Rascal Flatts concert…Venue staff and local officials followed standard protocols to ensure the safety of guests, the artists and staff. Law enforcement agencies are investigating the matter.”

“People keep asking me (what happened,) but I really have no idea,” said Holly Whitehead the day after the incident, who attended the show with her husband. “The concert ended at 10:45 p.m. We waited around expecting another song or encore, but they (Rascal Flatts) never came back out, and they made an announcement that it was over, so we left.”

No arrests have been made in connection to the threat, and the investigation is ongoing.

Police are asking anyone with information concerning the incident to contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at 317-776-9887.


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