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A bomb threat at Lancaster Family Court led to the evacuation of several downtown buildings on Thursday morning.
Family Court on Catawba Street, along with several law offices and Palmetto Tri-County Medicine were evacuated shortly after 8:30 a.m. when the threat was received.
Restoration work at the Lancaster County Courthouse also came to a stop as workers were ordered to move away from the building.
Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. David Belk said a call came into the Lancaster County E-911 Center at 8:30 a.m. from a man who said he had planted a bomb in the Family Court building, “and that he was serious.”
Officers evacuated the buildings and searched the Family Court building several times.
A second call came into the sheriffs office about 9 a.m. The caller said the bomb would go off at 9:30 a.m.
Officers checked the Family Court building several more times. A bomb-sniffing dog was taken into the building but did not indicate anything suspicious.
Lancaster Police Department officers assisted in blocking off parts of Gay and Meeting streets.
Family Court staff and downtown workers were given the all-clear to return to work about 10 a.m., Belk said.
“We’ve got several investigators working on it trying to pin down the source,” Belk said. “We’re wide open with it trying to find out who did this.”
Belk said he was pleased with the cooperation of downtown workers.
“It was evacuated very quickly,” he said. “It made some people upset but after we explained it they were understanding.”
Anyone with information about the threats may call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 283-3388.
Contact senior reporter Jenny Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (803) 283-1151