Sheriff’s Office: St. Johns County Courthouse “all clear” after bomb threat triggers evacuation

Authorities cleared the building after receiving an anonymous phone call

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The St. Johns County Courthouse was given the “all clear” after being evacuated Wednesday morning following a bomb threat.

According to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, Chuck Mulligan, nothing was found in the building.

He said around 10:30 a.m. courthouse employees were allowed back inside. After the judges and everyone were settled back into the courtrooms, the courthouse would reopen to the public.

Authorities received an anonymous phone call about 9 a.m. from someone who threatened to blow up the courthouse, Mulligan told News4Jax.

In response, deputies cleared the courthouse on Lewis Speedway in St. Augustine, which is part of the Sheriff’s Office’s standard operating procedure, Mulligan said.

Bomb dogs were also called in to search the premises.

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