Update: Bomb Threats at Nine Courthouses in Nebraska

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Lincoln Police Officers and the Lincoln Fire Department are investigating a bomb threat at the Hall of Justice in Lincoln and nine other county courthouses in Nebraska.

The Nebraska State Patrol says the calls, which were received between 11:06 -11: 36 a.m. Friday, were made to courthouses in Cass, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Otoe, Richardson, Saline and Seward counties. The first call came into Otoe County, with the last call received in Lancaster County. In each case, a male caller indicated there was an explosive device in the courthouse.

Local authorities evacuated and cleared the buildings. No credible threat was found at any of the locations receiving the calls.

Ironically, Lincoln Public Safety Director Tom Casady was at the Lancaster County courthouse for a public safety meeting talking about how to handle bomb threats in schools when the call came in.

The Hall of Justice includes the headquarters for the Lincoln Police Department, the Lancaster Sheriff’s Office and the city's 911 Center, as well as the Lancaster County courthouse.

Officials from Saline County sent out a statement addressing a bomb threat to the Courthouse around 11:30 Friday morning. The threat led to the closing of Nebraska Highway 41, which runs along south side of the Saline County Courthouse, for more than an hour while respondents searched the Courthouse room-by-room. No explosive devices were located and the Courthouse will remain closed the rest of the afternoon .

Anyone with information that might aid in the investigation into the source of the calls is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.

Wilber Police Chief Steve Sunday (left) and Saline County Sheriff Alan Moore check trash disposal bins near the Saline County Courthouse for possible explosives containers.
Saline County Deputy Sheriff Rich Zimmerman checks areas of the courthouse roof for alleged explosives.

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