Courthouse Reopens After Bomb Scare

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POSTED: Monday, May 3, 2010 - 4:59am

UPDATED: Monday, May 3, 2010 - 9:06am

El Paso - The El Paso County Courthouse is back in business today after a bomb threat shut down the building on Friday.

Law enforcers evacuated the courthouse Friday morning and called in the bomb squad after a clerk from County Court #1 received a phone call from a man stating there was a bomb somewhere in the courthouse.

Details of the message are not being released.

Fort Bliss bomb K-9's were called after a security sweep turned up nothing.

Two dogs alerted their handlers to the basement/kitchen area but investigators now think the K-9's were reacting to some chemicals in the kitchen.

The courthouse was declared safe around 5:30pm.

The investigation now centers on who called in the bomb threat.

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