October 29, 2020

EY Employees In Johannesburg Forced to Evacuate Due to Bomb Scare, Nothing Found

A bomb threat led to the evacuation of an EY South Africa office in Sandton, Johannesburg earlier today, but authorities allowed employees to return to work later in the afternoon after finding nothing suspicious during a search of the building.

Elaine Jack, manager of the Sandton Central Improvement District, told several media outlets that a bomb threat was called into EY and employees were forced to evacuate. The incident happened around 1 p.m. local time. Financial services company Alexander Forbes, which is located next to EY, was also evacuated as a precautionary measure.

According to TimesLIVE, police sent the bomb squad into the building around midday after sirens went off and an announcement was made letting employees know to leave immediately. One employee told TimesLIVE that around 2,000 people were standing outside the building while it was being searched by police.

South African Police Service Capt. Kay Makhubela later confirmed to TimesLIVE that nothing was found in the building and employees were allowed back in a couple hours later.

As of now, no arrests have been made.

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