Bomb threat hoax forces evacuation of Athens courthouse, closure of downtown streets

The Athens-Clarke County Courthouse and the surrounding area were reopened Tuesday afternoon after authorities spent more than an hour investigating a bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax.

 

Someone called 911 at 1:14 p.m. to say that there was a bomb in the East Washington Street courthouse, which was immediately evacuated.

Streets adjacent to the building were closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic while authorities searched the building.

The University of Georgia’s bomb-disposal unit with its bomb-sniffing dog assisted the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office in a sweep of the courthouse that took about an hour and a half to complete.

The courthouse and roadways were reopened to the public at 2:41 p.m.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department will continue to investigate the bomb threat, said Capt. Hayden Hodges, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

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