Mississippi Court Building Evacuated

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Gartin Justice Building, which houses the Mississippi appellate courts, was briefly evacuated after a bomb was called in Monday.

Beverly Pettigrew Kraft, a spokeswoman for the courts, says the clerk's office received a call about 9:12 a.m. and the building was evacuated. People were allowed back in the building about 10:50 a.m.

Local and state authorities were investigating. A bomb sniffing dog went through the building. No bomb was found.

The building houses the Mississippi Supreme Court, the state Court of Appeals and their support staffs. It is located across from the state Capitol near downtown Jackson.

Seven other courthouses also received threats Monday, though none were in this area.

Last week, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said threats were called in to courthouses in 29 of the state's 82 counties. No bombs were found.

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