UPDATE: Explosives-Detecting K-9 Units Sent to Monmouth County Courthouse

Courthouse has been evacuated.

This article was updated at 3:53 p.m. with information from the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office.

The Monmouth County Courthouse was evacuated early Thursday afternoon.

According to Monmouth County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Cynthia Scott a 9-1-1 bomb threat came into the courthouse around 12 p.m. Thursday afternoon. At 12:30 p.m. the courthouse was evacuated and area K-9 explosives-detecting dogs were brought in to sweep the building.

"It takes several hours for the building to be swept," explained Scott. "By the time the sweep would be completed, it would be late in the afternoon so Judge Lawrence Lawson decided to close the building down and send employees home for the day."

Scott explained that during the sweep of the building nothing was found. At this time, the person who made the bomb threat is still unknown. The Monmouth County Sheriff's Office and the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office are currently investigating.

Lucy Kiley October 25, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Is it true that they sent dachshunds by accident?
bayway mike October 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Besides sniffing explosives, can they also sniff out POT??? Because I know when it's lunch time, some jurors get high.. Just saying...
Lucky Jack October 26, 2012 at 02:41 AM
"Bomb sniffing dogs, I thought you said 'bone sniffing' dogs?!!" LOL


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