Bomb threat prompts court building evacuation

July 31, 1996|By Alex Gordon | Alex Gordon,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

There was order in Howard County District Court yesterday morning despite a bomb threat that cleared the Ellicott City building for about an hour and a half.

A male caller reached the court's criminal clerk division about 9 a.m. and warned that there was a bomb in the building police said.

The building was evacuated, and dogs from the sheriff and the Baltimore County police searched the building. They found no explosives, and the building was reopened about 10: 30 a.m.

"We take every bomb threat seriously, but it appears that this was a hoax, and that's how we have to look at it," said police spokesman Steven Keller. "You don't know if it's someone who has a grudge against the court or if it's just a copycat."

Tom Barwick, building manager of the court complex, said the bomb threat was the third or fourth in the building's 16-year history.

Police are investigating potential leads but do not have any suspects, Keller said.

Pub Date: 7/31/96

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