Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Bomb threats made near Gold Dome, explosion at airport concourse forces evacuation (Update)

Posted By on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

State workers were evacuated from downtowns Judicial and Health Buildings after a bomb threat was reported
  • Joeff Davis
  • State workers were evacuated from downtown's Judicial and Health Buildings after a bomb threat was reported
Georgia Capitol Police this morning evacuated state workers from several Downtown government buildings to investigate two bomb threats. No bombs were found and by 11 a.m. workers had been allowed to return to their offices.

"We live in a world where we have to expect the worst," Gov. Nathan Deal told reporters at a brief press conference after the evacuation, which caused several streets near the Gold Dome to be closed.

According to CL Photo Editor Joeff Davis, who was on the Capitol grounds, workers around 9:10 a.m. heard a fire alarm in the Judicial Building, which houses the state Supreme Court and Georgia Attorney General's office. They then received an email from the Department of Public Safety notifying employees that there was a bomb threat. WSB-TV reported that workers near the area were asked not to use radios or other communication devices.

State workers who were forced to evacuate nearby buildings sit along ledge near the Gold Dome
  • Joeff Davis
  • State workers who were forced to evacuate nearby buildings sit along ledge near the Gold Dome

The two buildings house the state Supreme Court, attorney generals office, and multiple state agencies
  • Joeff Davis
  • The two buildings house the state Supreme Court, attorney general's office, and multiple state agencies

Police dogs pass the Coverdell Legislative Office Building, which houses state lawmakers offices and the Gold Dome press corps
  • Joeff Davis
  • Police dogs pass the Coverdell Legislative Office Building, which houses state lawmakers' offices and the Gold Dome press corps

Police blocked Capitol and Trinity avenues this morning to investigate a reported bomb threat
  • Joeff Davis
  • Police blocked Capitol and Trinity avenues this morning to investigate the threat

UPDATE, 10: 35 a.m. State judges whose offices were in the building were moved to an undisclosed location.


UPDATE, 10:41 a.m. Says WSB-TV's Lori Geary:


UPDATE, 10:51 a.m. Davis reports that workers are being allowed to re-enter the buildings. Mitchell Street, which had been closed by police during the evacuation, has been reopened.

More details to come. Information about the evacuation at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which was caused by a small electrical explosion, is after the jump.

This post is being updated as new information becomes available.

Around the same time at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Concourse D was evacuated after an explosion was reported in a maintenance facility. According to the airport's Twitter feed, the blast was caused by an electrical issue. All passengers have been allowed to return to the terminal.


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