Hampton courts cleared after bomb threat causes evacuation

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HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — The Hampton courthouse building was cleared after it was evacuated Tuesday morning for a bomb threat.

Hampton fire chief Anthony Chittum tells WAVY.com a bomb threat was made to the courts around 11 a.m. Monday. All three courts were evacuated as a result.

At 10:48 a.m., dispatchers got word of a potential bomb threat at the General District Courthouse, located in the 200 block of North King Street. Police say an unknown suspect contacted the court and indicated that he was going to blow the courthouses up.

Police and fire responded to the scene and as a precaution, the courthouses were evacuated.

Authorities conducted a sweep of the buildings and did not find any suspicious devices.

Hampton fire and police officials later tweeted that the courthouses were cleared and roads were reopened.

Threatening to bomb is a class five felony.

Police are still investigating this incident. If you know anything about this case, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates to this developing story.