Philadelphia’s ‘Fashion District’ near vote count center hit with bomb threat, report

    PHILADELPHIA — The Fashion District, a shopping mall near the Pennsylvania Convention Center where ballots for the 2020 presidential election are still being counted, was evacuated Friday afternoon after two bomb threats were called in.

    Law enforcement investigated the site and no explosives were found after a K-9 sweep which was completed by 3 p.m., the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. 

    The Inquirer offices connected to the mall also were evacuated and SEPTA halted all trains coming through Jefferson Station, WHYY-FM reported. 

    While the investigation was underway, District Attorney Larry Krasner and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw held a press conference inside the Convention Center, the Inquirer also reported. 

    Krasner said that there appeared to be no connection between these bomb threats and the arrests of two armed men made last night outside the center during the press conference. 

    Additionally, the bomb threats had no effect on the effort to count the ballots at the Convention Center.

    You can continue to watch the livestream of the count here.