New bomb threats prompt evacuations at several state government buildings

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Bomb threats were reported at government buildings in at least four states on Thursday, a day after similar threats forced state capitals and courthouses to close and evacuate across the country on Wednesday.

Additional security threats were reported Thursday in Arkansas, Florida, Maine and Mississippiaccording to local officials and media.

In Arkansas, Pulaski County government officials received a bomb threat Thursday morning that prompted evacuations of the county courthouse, juvenile court and district court. they all went authorized to reopen in two hours.

“Multiple bomb threats” were reported Thursday morning at multiple locations in Mississippi, according to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. The department said precautionary measures were being taken at all locations and that bomb teams had been deployed to the sites in question, but provided no further updates. The Mississippi Capitol had been evacuated on Wednesday due to a similar threat, but a search of the building found no explosives or suspicious equipment.

In Maine and Florida, several courthouses were evacuated (and later allowed to reopen) due to similar threats.

The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the latest round of threats.

Thursday’s threats follow similar security concerns that were reported in more than a dozen state capitals on Wednesday, in Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Mountain, Wisconsin, Hawaii, Maine, Oklahoma, Illinois, Idaho, South Dakota, Alabama, Alaska, Maryland and Arizona.

The FBI said Wednesday it was aware of “hoaxed” bomb threats in state capitals across the country and urged the public to report any suspicious activity to authorities.

It’s unclear why the emails were directed to the states mentioned above, a mix of red, blue and swing states. The threats come in the middle of a Increase in attacks (threatened and actual) on public officials.including a series of “coup” incidents Recently, that targeted politicians on both sides of the aisle.

Most Americans said they are worried about greater danger of politically motivated violence in the United States, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted around the 2022 midterm elections.

The threats also come as officials prepare to mark the third anniversary of the January 6, 2021, insurrection, when a pro-Trump mob invaded the US Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory. The unprecedented attack left five dead, including a police officer and a woman shot by police. Two other officers on duty that day committed suicide and more than 100 officers were injured.

Maegan Vázquez contributed to this report.

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