Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Jefferson County, TX: Bomb Threat Closes Courthouse

For about 45 minutes, county employees and local residents had to drop what they were doing and vacate the Jefferson County Courthouse after a bomb threat on Monday.

At around 10 a.m., an anonymous caller to the Beaumont Police Department said the courthouse would be blown up in half an hour.

BPD immediately notified the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, which handles courthouse security, and deputies then notified department heads and discussed the situation with elected officials.

The first day of the work week is also the busiest at the courthouse, with county residents showing up for jury selection, docket calls and other courthouse business, so officials had hundreds of lives to consider when calling for the evacuation.

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