Law Enforcement Responds To Andalusia Bomb Threat, Buildings Cleared

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By Catalina Trivino

Scary moments today in downtown in Andalusia. This after law enforcement swarm the area due to a bomb threat.

An investigation is underway after police say the Covington County Courthouse received a bomb threat call... putting the county and city in a state of panic.

Andalusia police say an office in the Covington County Courthouse got the bomb threat call around 11 a.m. Thursday... blocking entryways to downtown Andalusia.

The courthouse was evacuated immediately. Law enforcement then sweeped the building, finding no suspicious packages.

"We were back there working and we come out here and it was deserted there was not a soul here and then we saw the cop cars," Said Jacob Harris, who works in one of the businesses in downtown.

Both Covington County and Andalusia City Schools were put on lockdown. All students were soon let out of school early. That's when law enforcement came together for a police briefing to send teams to sweep the schools, county and city government buildings.

"Right now, what I'm doing is getting a little bit of stuff together, incase we do locate the device or soemthing like that, we have a way of marking it and setting ourselves a way to set a perimiter so we can bring in our other assets," Said Andalusia Police Department's Hazardous Device Specialist, Mike Abraham. 

Investigators say they have two people in custody involved with the bomb threat phone call. Police aren't releasing those names -- but canine bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in to search the courthouse a second time.

"For right now, the biggest thing to do is for everybody to stay calm, we're all staying collected. The viable threat is contained," Said Abraham.

Everything law enforcement did on Thursday is out of protocol, including checking the schools and buildings. Police have wrapped up their investigation for the day and say no suspicious packages have been found in any of the buildings.

 

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