Miami's Sofitel Gets Evacuated But a Bomb Threat, Not a Storm, is to Blame
UPDATE: The hotel has gotten an "All Clear" from the bomb squad and guests have been allowed back in their rooms. Phew!
Miami Beach hotels are no strangers to evacuations at this time of year when tropical storms and hurricanes are swirling all around but at the Sofitel Miami near the airport was evacuated this morning due to something far more sinister--a bomb threat. WSVN-TV reports:
According to Miami-Dade Police, the threat was phoned in to the hotel located at 5800 Blue Lagoon Drive, and people inside the hotel, including staff and guests, were evacuated at around 11 a.m. Monday.
Officers and firefighters went door-to-door at the hotel to make sure everyone had been evacuated. Blue Lagoon Drive has been shutdown in both directions.
As the evacuees stood in the hot sun, the crowd was offered food and Water. Miami-Dade Transit buses were called to the scene to allow those waiting outside to cool off until they are allowed back inside the building.
The Miami Herald reports that at least 150 guests have been evacuated and that the bomb squad and fire rescue teams are going through the hotel floor-by-floor. Scary!
Oddly enough the hotel's Twitter feed has been tweeting as recently as an hour ago but without any mention of the bomb threat or the evacuation.
Hmm...we understand not wanting to frighten future guests away but really, an update on the situation would be helpful because right now, this clearly looks like some PR/"social media expert" in a cubicle far away from the hotel is tweeting for them, completely oblivious to what's going on.
Twitter feed aside, we really hope everything's ok at this hotel.
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