HINGHAM — A bomb threat sent via email to Congregation Sha’aray Shalom led to the evacuation of nearby residences and the closure of Main Street on Sunday afternoon, but a thorough search by authorities turned up no explosives.
The email, which arrived at the synagogue located at 1112 Main St. (Route 228) at 1:28 p.m., warned of bombs within the building.
Upon receipt of the threatening message, a synagogue employee promptly exited the premises and contacted emergency services.
Local law enforcement, alongside the Hingham Fire Department, responded to the potential threat.
Several homes in the vicinity were evacuated as a precaution, and Main St. was shut down to both incoming and outgoing traffic to ensure public safety.
Explosive detection canine units from the Quincy Police and Massachusetts State Police were dispatched to the scene to conduct a meticulous search of the synagogue.
After a comprehensive inspection, it was determined that there were no explosive devices present.
Authorities were able to safely reopen Main St. to the public at 3:15 p.m. following the clearance of the scene.
The investigation into the source of the bomb threat and the motive behind it remains ongoing.