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Report: Large Call Of Duty Tournament Faced Delays This Weekend Following Bomb Threats
This weekend, from December 8 to 10, hundreds of fans gathered at CWL Dallas, one of the largest Call of Duty eSports tournaments. Shortly after the event opened on Friday, fans were forced to evacuate the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center due to a building-wide evacuation after what is believed to be a bomb threat. Today, a second bomb threat occurred, prompting another evacuation.
The first bomb threat, which occurred at 4 p.m. local time on Friday, happened after the Dallas Police Department was called when a security guard saw an abandoned back pack that he suspected could have an explosion inside. You can view a tweet from WFAA_TV reporter Rebecca Lopez below.
Dallas convention center has been evacuated. Sources say a security guard called DPD saying he saw a back pack that looked like it had dynamite in it. Bomb squad called in. Sources say Crime Stoppers also got a calling saying Convention center would be blown up in 30 minutes.— Rebecca Lopez (@rlopezwfaa) December 8, 2017
Although this put the event on hold, CWL Dallas continued through the weekend once the threat was clear rather than a complete cancellation of the event. Today, during the finals, a second bomb threat was given which once again forced attendees out of the convention center. MLG (Major League Gaming) says they are looking into the situation.
We are working on the situation at hand and will update when we know more. Stay tuned to @MLG for updates— Adam Apicella (@MrAdamAp) December 10, 2017
As of right now, all attendees, event staff, and participants have been evacuated safely. Details on the current situation are developing, and should we receive any more updates, we will update this article accordingly.
Two bomb threats in one weekend makes for a difficult and stressful situation, for event coordinators, attendees, and tournament participants. We're thankful that everyone is safe and sound despite the circumstances, and hope that it continues that way.