A Maine L.L. Bean Factory Was Evacuated after a Bomb Threat

Police searched the building and allowed employees to return.


L.L. Bean workers were forced to evacuate a factory in Brunswick, Maine Thursday night after someone reportedly discovered a bomb threat written on a note.

Police swept the building with K-9 units but found nothing suspicious, according to the Portland Press Herald and the factory was cleared to re-open about an hour and a half later. About 200 employees were working in the building at the time. TV news station WCSH reports that many of them scheduled to work were given the night off.

The threat was first reported to police at 5:41 p.m., when a dispatcher received word that a note warning there was a bomb in the building had been found. The call came after a fire alarm had gone off in the building.

There was no word by Friday morning on the origin of the threat.

L.L. Bean says on its website that about 450 people work at the facility, which churns out the brand’s iconic Bean Boots, bags, dog bed liners and leather goods. The company is the fourth-largest employer in Maine.