Ridgewood emergency personnel evacuated Wilsey Square for about an hour early Friday afternoon after reports of a bomb threat to Carlo's Bakery, a retail location of "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro.
Ridgewood Police did not initially disclose the location of the threat, but Chief John Ward later confirmed that the call came in to the famous baker's shop at 11:29 a.m.
“It came in to a specific store,” said Capt. Jacqueline Luthcke at the scene. “It just said there was a bomb and obviously, we take all these things seriously.”
A Bergen County K-9 unit called in to assist swept the store in question and found no danger, according to the captain.
The entirety of Wilsey Square, which runs from West Ridgewood Avenue to Godwin Avenue, was evacuated as a precaution, Luthcke said.
Meyrl Silvers, a patron at the nearby Karma Organic Spa, said police came into the building shortly before noon and told occupants, “There’s a bomb scare, everybody must leave.”
Apartment tenants and store employees could not reenter the buildings during the investigation, which lasted for roughly an hour, witnesses said.
“We want to make sure everybody is safe,” Luthcke said. “That’s our priority.”
Police said there would be a criminal investigation into the source of the threat.
"We have taken all necessary precautions to keep our customers and staff safe and have now resumed business as usual," Carlo's Bakery wrote on its Facebook page Friday afternoon. "All staff and customers are safe and back in the building."