Ogden courthouse bomb-threat caller still on the loose

Friday , April 06, 2018 - 2:47 PM

OGDEN — A day after a bomb threat was made to Ogden’s two courthouses, police were still searching for the culprit. 

The threat was not specific and just mentioned a “Weber County courthouse,” so both the second district court at 2525 Grant Ave. and the District Court at 310 26th St. were cleared out.


No explosives were found, but a full bomb squad, six bomb-sniffing dogs and a number of emergency personnel were on the scene to ensure the threat wasn’t credible.

Scott said these kinds of calls are not easy to handle. Police are following up on leads to find the caller responsible, and Scott said they intend to track down whoever is responsible and prosecute him or her to the “highest extent” if necessary. Scott said charges and penalties for bomb threats are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. 


No arrests had been made as of Friday afternoon.

Explosive detection dogs from around the state were called to the courthouses to search the buildings, according to Ogden Police Lt. Tim Scott. The search dogs came from law enforcement agencies like the Salt Lake City Airport Police Department, military agencies like Hill Air Force Base and even from contracted civilian trainers who have the highly-skilled canines. 

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The entire ordeal took about three hours before the Ogden Police Department indicated on Twitter the buildings were clear of any threat. 

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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