Oracleis trade show, OracleWorld, was evacuated yesterday because of a bomb threat. C|Net is reporting that the Moscone Center, the same convention facility in which Macworld is held in San Francisco every January, received bomb threats that caused Oracleis show to have to take it outside.
Oracleis CEO, Larry Ellison, is a close friend of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and until recently sat on Appleis board. Mr. Ellison used to regularly float the idea of buying Apple until Steve Jobs assumed the helm of the company in 1997 for the second time.
C|Net reports that no bombs were found, though "multiple threatening calls" were received. From C|Net:
The Moscone Center notified the San Francisco Police Department of a bomb threat that targeted the center at 1:20 p.m. PDT, said Isabel Crowell, an SFPD spokeswoman. The center said it had received multiple threatening calls. About two dozen police officers arrived at the center, and Oracle ordered the evacuation of the building shortly afterwards.
The police said they found no bombs after hours of searching and began allowing people back into the center at about 4:00 p.m. Oracle told the SFPD that as many as 11,000 people were at the conference, according to one officer.
No one had yet claimed responsibility for the threat, according to police. The Moscone Center, the SFPD and a Bay Area FBI office all received threatening calls about it, Sgt. Neville Gittens with the SFPD said.
The C|Net article also notes that Oracle made a point of saying that the Moscone Center itself was the subject of the bomb threat, and not Oracle. Thereis more information in the full article at C|Net.