Phony bomb threat shuts down county buildings

8 11 2007

PATERSON — A bogus bomb threat disrupted the lunch hour at Passaic County’s court and administration buildings and sent hundreds of workers streaming onto Grand and Hamilton streets, according to a spokesman for the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department.At around 12:40 p.m., authorities evacuated the county buildings after receiving a phoned-in bomb threat against the complex. Bomb squads and K-9 units from the Sheriff’s Department swept the buildings before allowing personnel and the public back into the building spokesman Bill Maer said.

While most people were sent onto the streets, it was unclear where the prisoners awaiting court appearances were evacuated. “For security reasons,” Maer said, “they were placed in a secure location that was properly swept for the inmates and staff.”

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