Bomb threats target Atlantic Co. Courthouse, schools

The Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse was evacuated Tuesday after police received a called-in bomb threat.
February 4, 2014 3:20:14 PM PST
The Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse was evacuated Tuesday after police received a called-in bomb threat.

At 10:30 a.m. Hamilton Township dispatch received a 911 call from an individual who said bombs had been placed along Unami Boulevard where the Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse is located.

The caller named a specific judge to whom they wanted to teach a lesson, and that the nearby Hess School was next.

The courthouse was subsequently evacuated and all trials were postponed and jurors sent home. In addition, the Hess School was placed in lockdown and students were bussed to the Davies School where they stayed until dismissal at 2:30 p.m.

Also, the Shaner School was evacuated and those students were moved to the St. Vincent de Paul School before being dismissed at the regular time.

At 12:30 p.m., while police and members of the sheriff's office were searching the perimeter of the courthouse, another 911 call came in from an individual stating that the courthouse was going to blow up in five minutes.

That time came and went without an explosion. Bomb sniffing dogs were later brought in to search the courthouse building.

No bombs were ever found. The incidents remain under investigation.


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