Chicago (CBS) — Shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday, police received a call reporting a threat at the Elmhurst Library, which led to an emergency evacuation.
Following a lengthy search, police determined the building was safe.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Record Warmth Possible Next 2 Days
But due to the nature of the investigation, police kept the library closed for the rest of the day.
Residents who were turned away from the library said senseless pranks like these are disappointing.READ MORE: Illinois Department Of Employment Security Admits To Monthlong Callback Wait Times; State Rep. Says Methods Must Change
“I don’t think they really think of the consequences … and people’s lives get disrupted,” Elmhurst resident Pat McGowan said. “To see [the library] like this now, empty, it’s really unbelievable.”
In Illinois, swatting is no laughing matter. A 2016 law introduced harsher penalties and says that anyone found responsible must reimburse the agency for all reasonable costs of the emergency response, up to $10,000.MORE NEWS: The United Center COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site: An Inside Look
Elmhurst police said detectives are reviewing phone records and video to aid in the investigation.