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A bomb threat that turned out to be a false alarm forced the evacuation of a Bethesda office building Tuesday.

According to Montgomery County Police Spokeswoman Angela Cruz, police learned of the threat to the building at 4401 East-West Highway at about 10:45 a.m.

Officers at the scene said someone called police claiming there was a bomb in a suite on the third floor of the building, adjacent to Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.

However, police did not find anything. Shortly after noon, people were allowed back in the building.

The incident did not affect operations at the school, B-CC officials said.

Just before noon, a Montgomery County sheriff’s K-9 unit and members of the Montgomery County Police bomb squad began swept the building.

The building holds the regional headquarters for Admiral Security Service Inc., a security company with offices in states along the East Coast, as well as Red Coats Inc., a janitorial services company, and The Children in The Shoe, a child daycare center serving about 100 children.

Jon Heintz, the daycare center’s owner, was outside watching as his employees shuttled the center’s children to one of his company’s other locations across East-West Highway.

“Once we realized we were not going to be able to go back in, we moved them,” he said.

“It’s nice to have to centers next to each other, I’ll tell you,” he added.

sjbsmith@gazette.net