A large police presence was on the scene as of 11:00 a.m. Police and fire department assets from Bedford Park along with EMS units from nearby Bridgeview were observed blocking all entrances to the Everest College parking lot although traffic continued to flow through the adjacent parking lot of the Burbank Town Center whose main tenants are Kohl’s and Best Buy.
Michael Lyons of Chicago, a student enrolled in the dental assistant program at Everest, stated that school officials entered the classrooms about 9:00 a.m. and told everyone to leave the building but did not give a reason.
“Students were concerned and wanting to know what was going on,” Lyons said but he did not learn of the bomb threat until he exited the college and asked a nearby police officer about the cause of the evacuation. As he was leaving, Lyons reported seeing canine officers and bomb squad personnel entering the building.
Lyons and other students were forced to wait outside in the rain for the all-clear so they could return to the college and collect personal items that they were forced to leave behind.
Not only the college was evacuated, patrons and employees of stores in an adjoining strip mall were forced to leave as well. A manager at AmeriCash Loans, who did not wish to be identified, was waiting inside his car in the Best Buy parking lot. He said that police asked him and his staff to leave the building and that he was waiting for word that he could go back to work.
Students were given the okay to return to Everest about 11:30 a.m. and police started to leave the area. A person answering the phone at the college around 12:15 p.m. said classes had resumed. Other college officials could not be reached for comment.