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Nothing found after bomb threats at Pa. courthouse

October 24, 2013
Associated Press

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — No explosive device was found after two bomb threats targeting the Blair County Courthouse caused authorities to evacuate residents of a two-block area.

The Altoona Mirror reports ( that technicians and a robot from Penn State's bomb squad were brought in late Wednesday after the threats were sent to WTAJ-TV shortly before 7 p.m. warning of an explosive device set to detonate if an unspecified trial began.

The county's bomb-detection dog had made two sweeps of the courthouse and identified a possible suspicious item. Hollidaysburg Police Chief Jeffrey Ketner said early Thursday the dog sniffed out a substance in the chlorine family.

County officials say no significant trials are scheduled to start Thursday.

Evacuated residents were sent to a nearby fire station, where the Red Cross served refreshments.


Information from: Altoona Mirror,



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