The Six Flags America theme park near Washington, D.C. was evacuated Saturday afternoon after receiving a bomb threat, police said.
Maryland State Police received a phone call at around 1:30 p.m. from someone who said there was a bomb in the Prince George’s County amusement park and that people would be shot, law enforcement told a local NBC affiliate.
Six Flags officials were notified by the police and asked to evacuate the park out of an abundance of caution, a spokeswoman said.
“The safety of our guests and employees is always our highest priority,” Debbie Evans, a spokeswoman for the park, said in an emailed statement.
A park attendee who spoke on condition of anonymity told WTOP News that guests were initially told to head toward the front of the park due to an unspecified “event.” Guests were told later about the bomb threat and given guest passes good for a future visit, the source said.
Six Flags America is in Upper Marlboro, Md. about 20 miles outside of the nation’s capital.