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Bomb threats called in to 29 courthouses across Mississippi

Hattiesburg police outside the Forrest County Courthouse (Photo source: WDAM) Hattiesburg police outside the Forrest County Courthouse (Photo source: WDAM)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Across Mississippi Wednesday, 29 courthouses received bomb threats, although no actual explosives have been found at any of the locations.

"The Mississippi Office of Homeland Security along with the Jackson Division of the FBI is currently working this issue," said Mississippi Office of Homeland Security Director Jay Ledbetter. "These bomb threats are coming in to county courthouses and may sound like a recording or scripted message.  If your courthouse receives one of these bomb threats, take all required precautions and notify the FBI, MEMA or the Fusion center, as soon as possible to inform them of your threat."

Wednesday's bomb threats were similar to those received last month in four other states: Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington.  None of the threats were found to be credible.

The threats all seemed to come in between 1pm and 2pm Wednesday afternoon. Officials in Jeff Davis County said a male caller told them there were several bombs in the court house and then hung-up.

"Harrison County, like numerous other courthouses throughout the state, received a bomb threat. We followed our protocol, evacuating the building. Nothing was found," Harrison Co. Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy told WLOX News.

Anybody with information on who may be responsible for these threats should contact the Mississippi Fusion Center at (601) 933-7200 or the Jackson FBI office at (601) 948-5000.

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