Bomb threat: second bomb threat at county courthouse in two months

Bomb threat: second bomb threat at county courthouse in two months

The Jefferson County Courthouse, along with other government buildings, was evacuated Aug. 7 for the second time in about two months due to erroneous bomb threats at the building, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. 

According to Deputy Marcus McLellan, the sheriff's office received a call from the Beaumont Police Department on the morning of Aug. 7 indicating police dispatchers had received information that there were explosive devices at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Probation and the City of Beaumont Municipal Court Building. The sheriff’s office, along with BPD and the Beaumont Fire Department, responded to the county courthouse and evacuated everyone in the building. An explosive detection dog was called in to check the area around the county courthouse, reports McLellan.

Law enforcement gave the "all clear" at about 8:50 a.m. The County Courthouse reopened and resumed regular business at that time.

This is the second bomb threat recently called in on the Jefferson County Courthouse. On June 5, the courthouse was evacuated following another call claiming an explosive device was present inside the building. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Captain Crystal Holmes reported then that a bomb threat was made at the Jefferson County Courthouse at 1149 Pearl St. in downtown Beaumont shortly after 11:30 a.m. in that instance.

According to the statement from Holmes on June 5, "We are taking precautions and conducting an evacuation at this time. Fire and EMS are on standby. No other information available at this time."

During that incident, the courthouse receptionist received the call making the bomb threat.

The courthouse was thoroughly searched, and no bomb was discovered. JCSO gave the "all clear" at 12:44 p.m. that time.

"These types of threats are taken very seriously and will be investigated thoroughly," McLellan stated.