DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - In Volusia County, Daytona Beach police evacuated the Extended Stay Motel and closed Bill France Boulevard after a hotel worker found a note in a room that said a bomb would explode Tuesday at 9:30.
Police said the threat turned out to be a hoax, but another threat was called in a short time later.
Police in Daytona Beach Shores were called to check out a suspicious package outside a psychic's business along A1A.
“There was a suspicious bag,” said employee Brian Worsham. “They did what they had to do: evacuated and made us close up for a little while."
The bomb squad was called and said the package turned out to be a bag with a bible inside.
The discovery frustrated police, but they said precautions must be taken.
“I'm not going to tell people not to call. If they see a suspicious package, it's the right thing to do. This is, I guess, the new normal,” said Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Director Stephan Dembinsky.
It's the fifth time a Volusia County agency has responded to a suspicious device or bomb threat in the past four days.
Officials said there are too many variables to say exactly how much it costs to send the Volusia County Sheriff's Bomb Squad to each call, but many bomb squad members have other law enforcement duties and the threats pull them off those jobs.
Police are still investigating both cases.
They don't believe they're related to three bomb threats called into businesses in Daytona Beach Shores and Daytona Beach on Sunday and Monday.