20 bomb threats in court houses across MS, similar to bomb threats which caused evacuation in courthouses in TN, NE, WA, OR
Posted on | December 12, 2012 | 4 Comments
3:21 PM (6 hours ago)
Bomb threats reported across state; Lowndes threat cleared
Lowndes County Sheriff Department cars block the street in front of the the Lowndes County Courthouse. Bomb threats were called in to multiple courthouses across the state Wednesday afternoon. Photo by: Lee Adams/Dispatch Staff Buy this photo.
Dispatch Staff Report
December 12, 2012 2:39:01 PM
A string of bomb threats have been reported across the state this afternoon.
Threats have been reported in Lowndes, Hancock, Harrison, George, Jackson, Clay, Franklin, DeSoto, Claiborne, Jefferson, Choctaw and Itawamba. Some reports place the total number of threats at 20.
A deputy at the Lowndes County Sheriff Department stated the Department of Homeland Security is stepping in to help with the investigation. State Sen. Terry Brown, R-Columbus, confirmed DHS’s involvement, adding the FBI is also assisting in the investigation. Brown noted the threats appeared to be “computer generated” and are similar to a recent similar string of threats in Tennessee.
Gov. Phil Bryant’s spokesman Mick Bullock said, “Gov. Bryant is closely monitoring this situation and is meeting with law enforcement and emergency response officials.”
The threat at the Lowndes County Courthouse was cleared and downtown streets reopened around 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. According to reports on social media service Twitter, threats across the state are quickly being cleared as hoaxes.
This story is developing.