Police bomb dogs sweep Springfield courthouse after bomb threat prompts evacuation

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The courthouse in Springfield is reopened after staff and visitors were evacuated after to a bomb threat Wednesday morning.

According to a tweet at 9:36 a.m. from the Hampden County Bar Association, the Roderick L. Ireland Courthouse was evacuated for an alleged bomb threat. Shortly after 11:30 a.m., the bar association notified its followers on Twitter, the courthouse has reopened.

22News crew saw several people outside Symphony Hall and court officers outside monitoring the courthouse before being let back in. Springfield Police Spokesperson Ryan Walsh told 22News, officers assisted outside the courthouse as well.

Jennifer Donahue from the state’s Trial Court told 22News, a bomb threat was received by telephone at the Roderick L. Ireland Courthouse Wednesday morning. Court officials then decided to evacuate the Roderick Ireland Courthouse and the Housing Court building. The Massachusetts State Police were contacted by court officials.

Two Massachusetts State Police and two UMass Police bomb dogs conducted a sweep inside the courthouse, according to Massachusetts State Police Spokesperson Dave Procopio.

22News will update this story as soon as more information is released.

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