Update: Bomb threat clears out Dare courthouse

By on December 11, 2012

A bomb threat shut down the Dare County courthouse Tuesday morning, but after no device was found, court sessions resumed within a few hours.

The threat came at about 10:20 a.m. to a local attorney’s office by phone. The lawyer contacted the Dare County Sheriff’s Office. Superior and District courts were in session.

The Justice Center was evacuated, and a bomb-sniffing dog was brought in from Currituck County to sweep the building.

No bomb was found inside, but the dog stopped at a vehicle in the parking lot, the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The parking lot was cleared and sealed off while agents from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Bomb Squad and members of the Norfolk, Police Department Bomb Squad checked the vehicle. Nothing was found.

An investigation continues.

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