Bomb threat evacuates courthouse, neighborhood
Updated: Thursday, October 24 2013, 10:24 AM EDT
By: WJAC Web Staff
HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. --
A bomb threat at the Blair County Courthouse prompted an evacuation overnight.
The incident started Wednesday night when two threats were sent in to a local television station.
The courthouse and surrounding neighborhood were evacuated while Penn State’s bomb squad searched the building. Blair County’s new bomb-detection dog made two sweeps of the building and honed in on a box used to hold paper, which was found in the basement of the courthouse.
Hollidaysburg Police Chief Jeff Ketner said, “They did identify a substance in the basement purchasing room as something from the chlorine family. That’s what the dog hit on; what he is supposed to hit on. The bomb squad checked it … (and) found out it was not anything close to a bomb.”
The courthouse is open as usual today, but as of Thursday morning there was still no word on who may have sent the threats in.
Anyone with information is asked to call police.
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