Bomb threat leads to courthouse evacuations

Thursday , April 05, 2018 - 10:04 AM

CASIE FORBES
Standard-Examiner

OGDEN — Just after 9 a.m. Thursday, April 5, the Ogden Justice Court and Ogden’s 2nd District Court were evacuated after 911 dispatchers received reports of a bomb threat.

Just before noon, Ogden Police tweeted that the courthouses were clear, and the bomb threat was not credible. The building was searched by a bomb squad and a bomb-sniffing dog, police said. 

Court operations will resume for the rest of the day, according to Utah State Courts spokesperson Geoff Fattah. Court hearings for those in police custody will not take place today and will be moved to another date, Fattah said Thursday afternoon. 

The report came into dispatchers at 9:12 a.m. with “an ambiguous report of a bomb threat” at a Weber County court, Ogden Police Lt. Tim Scott said. Police are following up leads to identify who called in the bomb threat.

Scott said police were following their bomb safety protocol, which includes both the bomb squad and the bomb-sniffing dog. Both found no evidence of a bomb or a credible threat against either building. 

Scott said some minor road closures are in place on Grant Avenue as police investigate. As of noon Thursday, it was unclear if Grant Avenue between 25th and 26th streets was reopened.

This is a breaking news story that will be updated as more information becomes available.

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