Courthouse reopens after suspicious package found

Photo provided by the Newport News Sheriff's Office.
Photo provided by the Newport News Sheriff's Office.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A suspicious package was found inside Newport News Circuit Court Wednesday morning, but has since been determined to be safe.

Just after 9 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office evacuated the entire building, including all judges, court personnel, attorneys, inmates and visitors, as a precaution.

The Newport News Sheriff’s Office Bomb K9 Handler was called to the scene to sweep the area and the department’s bomb squad entered the building. The package was found in Circuit 1 at the courthouse.

Photos: Suspicious package found at courthouse

Surrounding streets will remain closed to traffic and pedestrians until the scene is deemed safe. The courthouse reopened around noon Wednesday, after investigators determined the package was safe.

Stay with WAVY for updates.

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