Rolling Stones Show Interrupted By Bomb Threat

Bomb-sniffing dogs searched the stage, halting the concert for 45 minutes.

Police with bomb-sniffing dogs interrupted a Rolling Stones show at the University of Virginia Thursday night after officials received a bomb threat concerning the stage.

Eight songs into the concert, Stones frontman Mick Jagger announced that the band had been told by authorities to take a 10-minute break, according to a Reuters report. The threat came in a little after 9 p.m. and was "specific to the stage area," university spokesperson Carol Wood said.

The school's Scott Stadium was packed with nearly 50,000 fans at the time. Police cleared the first 20 rows of the audience while their dogs sniffed around the stage, according to The Associated Press.

In a review of the show in the Richmond-Times Dispatch, a reporter described concertgoers as reacting to the delay with "a mix of nervous curiosity and patience," as they headed to the snack bars and merch booths and tried to find a cell signal in the busy airspace.

The interruption lasted about 45 minutes. When the house lights clicked off at 10:40, Jagger calmly "strutted to the front of the stage and mumbled something that sounded like 'Thanks for your patience' before the band kicked into a blistering 'Miss You,' " according to the Dispatch report.

The group ignored the 11 p.m. curfew and played past midnight in order to finish the show.