Madison County courthouse evacuated, swept for explosives after bomb threat

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MADISON COUNTY, Ind. – Authorities swept the Madison County courthouse for explosives Friday after receiving a bomb threat.

The threatening call came in around 8:50 a.m., according to Sheriff Scott Mellinger.

A man called the prosecutor’s office and said, “There is a bomb in the courthouse, you black [expletive].”

The courthouse was then evacuated, and all personnel were out of the building by 9:13 a.m., Mellinger said. Sheriff’s deputies, officers from the Anderson Police Department and the Anderson Fire Department helped secure the building and search for anything suspicious.

By 11 a.m., crews completed the search and allowed the office staff to go back inside. Investigators were working to pinpoint where the call originated from.

“Obviously we cannot ignore these threats and our courts take them very seriously as evidenced by the long prison sentence the last such caller received,” Mellinger said. “Far too many lives are put in danger, unnecessary emotional stress put on employees, resources expended, and government business is put on hold. Hopefully these threats will decrease as people realize there will be serious consequences.”

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