Bomb threat at Utah County courthouse causes evacuation


    By Stephanie Richards

    A bomb threat was received Friday morning at the Utah County Courthouse in Provo. Police had the building evacuated.

    The courthouse secretary received the call at 8:15 a.m. and Paul Schifield, a court administrator, made the decision to evacuate the building.

    “The call was pretty specific about time and device,” said Jim Tracy, captain of county enforcement.

    The county court contacted the Provo Metro bomb squad and they conducted and search of the interior and exterior of the building.

    After two hours of searching, the Metro bomb squad did not find anything and the building was released at 10:25 a.m.

    However, the courthouse did not open to the public until 1 p.m. because the court system canceled the morning calendar.

    The county is currently working on finding the person who called in the bomb threat so that proper measures can be taken.

    “It could be someone trying to disrupt the normal schedule but right now we don”t know anything for sure,” Tracy said.

    The county is presently not releasing the wording or nature of the treat for investigative purposes.

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