A Springfield man is accused of threatening to release a chlorine gas cloud near the Springfield water treatment plant.
Scott Moody, 48, is charged in Clark County Municipal Court with making terroristic threats . He pleaded not guilty to the charge and his bond was set at $10,000.
Police began their investigation on April 6 when they were contacted by the Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office saying they received a phone call from an unidentified man asking many security questions, an affidavit filed with the charge says.
“Toward the conclusion of the conversation (the fire marshal employee) told the caller to email him if he had any more concerns,” the affidavit says. “The caller did email (him) from an email address. Mr. Moody stated at one point that he would ‘release a chlorine gas cloud from the City of Springfield Water Treatment Plant, and I’ll sit back and watch you do your work as you evacuate a five-mile radius.’”
Moody allegedly wrote that there would be people around the area and the fire marshal’s office should be worried.
“He continued stating ‘You should be concerned as there are a retirement home and a swimming pool very nearby,’ the affidavit says.
Officers had dealt with strange behavior from Moody in the past, the affidavit says, and says Moody is a former employee of the water plant.
“Based on his detailed statements in this threat and officers understanding his knowledge of the plant from having worked there, Mr. Scott moody is being charged with one count of making terroristic threats.”
Moody is due back in court on April 23 for a preliminary hearing, according to court documents.