ODU homeland security expert says bomb scare response was appropriate

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by Mike Gooding, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 6:20 PM

NORFOLK—How the Virginia State Police, FBI and local law enforcement agencies responded to an unspecified bomb threat in Hampton Roads on the 12th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks was appropriate, according to one local homeland security expert.

Dr. C. Ariel Pinto is an associate professor of engineering at Old Dominion University and an expert in risk management and emerging threats.

Dr. Pinto says the miles-long backups and  inconvenience caused to thousands of motorists at both the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and the Monitor Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel as police checked all trucks and tractor-trailers was unfortunate, but necessary.

Dr. Pinto says all threats need to be taken seriously.

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