GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Several people needing to do business at the Harrison County courthouses in both Biloxi and Gulfport were told to stop what they were doing and evacuate the buildings twice on Monday. Once in the morning and again in the afternoon.
"I'm still out here. No I'm not out again. I went back in then they called anther one so here we are," Tad Brewer said as he stood outside the courthouse a second time after being evacuated.
Brewer said he went to the Gulfport courthouse to take care of land business. He never dreamed he'd end up being there waiting and then waiting some more.
He wasn't alone. Dozens of workers and citizens made two trips out of offices and courtrooms while emergency crews inspected the buildings from top to bottom. Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan said each bomb threat kept people out for about an hour.
"It's obviously disruptive. It's disruptive to the public. It's disruptive to emergency response," Sullivan said.
Thankfully there was no bomb found and no lives lost. Now what's left to do is figure out who's responsible.
"We have our forensic people, our I-T people, our telephone people that are doing the records and following up because this is a criminal activity. When someone calls in a bomb threat we do everything that we can to determine who that person is," Sullivan explained.
Harrison County Sheriff's Major Ron Pullen said they don't have a suspect yet. They are still waiting on some phone records to come back.
Brewer said, "Somebody must be mad at somebody. Don't you reckon?"
If this person gets caught, Pullen said, the person would face a maximum of ten years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.