PORT CLINTON -- The Terrorist Task Force, the Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Coast Guard were scrambling after a bomb threat was phoned into the Jet Express.
Thousands take it to the Lake Erie Islands daily during the summer but the Jet Express was a target of a terrorist attack....or so Port Clinton authorities thought.
It wasn't just a bomb threat. The caller spoke with a Middle Eastern accent and even claimed an association with the terrorist group al-Quaeda, responsible for 9/11.
The threat was to blow up one of the boats. At the time, the company was in the process of closing up the evening.
It wasn't what you might call a sophisticated investigation. Port Clinton Police were able to trace the call through the company's caller identification to a cell phone at a house in Bellevue, Ohio.
On the other end was a 13-year-old prankster.
Port Clinton Police and Sandusky County Sheriff's Deputies went to the residence but did not arrest the juvenile.
The incident will be reviewed by the Ottawa County prosecutor for possible inducing panic charges.