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Saturday, March 26, 2005
Palace received two more bomb threats post-game news services

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The bomb threat that delayed the matchup between the Detroit Pistons and the Indiana Pacers for 1 hour, 25 minutes Friday was one of four received that night regarding the game, police said.

The game was delayed after a caller told officials at The Palace there was a bomb in the Pacers' locker room. It was Indiana's first trip back to Detroit since a brawl on Nov. 19 between the teams that spilled into the stands, and back onto the court.

Auburn Hills detectives were still investigating the threats on Saturday evening.

"Detectives are working with Palace personnel and their phone provider in an attempt to identify the person who called in the threat," police Lt. James Manning said in a statement Saturday.

If identified, the caller could be charged with making a false bomb threat, a felony for which the person could be sentenced up to four years in prison.

After the news of the first threat became public, Manning said, a second threat was called in to the Auburn Hills Police communications center. The Palace switchboard also received two more bomb threats at the end of the game, police said.

It does not appear the calls were made by the same person, police said, and all the calls were being investigated.

There were no arrests made during the game.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.