MADISON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — The Madison County Courthouse was evacuated Friday morning due to a bomb threat.
According to police, the courthouse was evacuated around 9 a.m.
The building was evacuated by 9:05 a.m. and an initial search was completed five minutes later.
The call came into the prosecutor’s office and said “There is a bomb in the courthouse, you black (expletive) (expletive).”
K-9s were brought in to search for any possible explosives. The building was cleared at 11 a.m., according to Sheriff Scott Mellinger.
“Obviously we cannot ignore these threats and our courts take them very seriously as evidenced by the long prison sentence the last such caller received. Far too many lives are put in danger, unnecessary emotional stress put on employees, resources expended, and government business is put on hold. Hopefully these threats will decrease as people realize there will be serious consequences,” Mellinger said.