The Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét, Hungary, has been shut down because a bomb threat was called into the plant at about 1:30 PM CET (7:30 AM EDT) on Wednesday. The factory has been evacuated and production has been suspended.

"In close cooperation with the respective authorities, all staff have been evacuated as a matter of precaution. At present, police experts are on site to conduct investigations," said a Mercedes spokesperson to Reuters.

According to Hungarian news website Index, bomb-sniffing dogs are at the factory and the general area is on lockdown.

The Kecskemét plant builds some of Mercedes' compact, front-wheel drive models, including the CLA-Class and B-Class. According to official figures, the plant employed 3,358 people as of the end of 2013 and built 109,266 vehicles that year.

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      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 7 Months Ago
      Nobody was hurts and that's the most important thing. Hopefully they catch the person linked to the threat.
      JonathanBond
      • 7 Months Ago
      I just said that the Benz was the bomb and all of a sudden they shut the plant down.
      Stephen
      • 7 Months Ago
      I can see it now... Mercedes employee (on the phone): Uh boss, our engines have horrible reliability. We should try to make it so they don't break within a couple of years. They are like ticking time bombs. NSA agent listening in on conversation: He said bomb! I better sound the alert! Media: There was a bomb threat at a Mercedes-Benz plant. All employees were evacuated and the situation is being handled as we speak. Classic misunderstanding... But seriously, I'm glad no one was hurt. Hopefully this just turns out to be a threat and there's no actual bomb.
        knightrider_6
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Stephen
        +1
        Gorgenapper
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Stephen
        "Some internet post by Stephen, if that's his real name, contained references to bombs. Send out SWAT team Omega stat." "Roger."
      Ducman69
      • 7 Months Ago
      Did they have a Korean accent? I'd wager somebody is a little jelly of the CLA's top spot in the budget entry-level luxury class.
      captnclintock
      • 7 Months Ago
      I think if someone really wanted to bomb them, then no threat would be given ahead of time. This is a good way for someone to mess with Daimler (with little effort on the crook's part). Not saying that a bomb isn't possible though.
      jschaffer180
      • 7 Months Ago
      My first thought was that someone from BMW called the factory to stop production and stall sales of the CLA. Hopefully that is all it is.