Bomb threat prompts evacuation of Salem County government buildings

The Salem County Courthouse, seen in this file photo, was evacuated Thursday morning after a bomb threat. No device was found, authorities said. The Salem County Administration Building, seen in the background, was also evacuated. (Times File Photo)

By Bill Gallo Jr. | South Jersey Times

Original article at:  http://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2014/10/bomb_threat_prompts_evacuation_of_salem_county_government_buildings.html#incart_river


County government buildings in downtown Salem were evacuated for a time Thursday morning because of a bomb threat, authorities said.

No device was found.

According to Salem County Undersheriff Warren Mabey, an anonymous call was received at the county 911 center in which a person said there was a bomb at the Salem County Courthouse.

Mabey said the county immediately but its Code Red program into action, notifying employees and having them evacuate their buildings in downtown Salem.

Along with the courthouse at 92 Market Street, the nearby county administration building, Fenwick Building, Johnson Hall, the “white building,” and the Fifth Street Complex were all evacuated.

Two dogs from the Salem County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 Unit along with a dog from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office scoured the courthouse looking for any explosive materials but found nothing, according to Mabey.

The dogs also searched the grounds around the building.

After the all-clear was given, employees were allowed to return to work around 9:45 a.m.

Mabey said the search for the caller continues.

The incident is being investigated by the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office and the Salem County Sheriff’s Office.