Bomb threat evacuates Ogden courthouse for third Thursday in a row

Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in after a bomb threat at the courthouse on Grant Avenue in Ogden was called in on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Photo: Gephardt Daily/ Laura Withers

OGDEN, Utah, April 19, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — The first three Thursdays of April have each seen Ogden courthouses evacuated after bomb threats were called in to officials.

Geoffrey Fattah, the Utah State Court public information officer, tweeted that Ogden’s 2nd District Courthouse, at 2525 Grant Ave., received a threat at approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday and was evacuated.

Fattah said jurors were sent home for the day and authorities were sweeping the building.

That sweep was completed about an hour later and an all-clear was given, but the courthouse then stayed closed, Fattah said.

The Justice Court was not evacuated, police said.

Bomb threats were also called in to authorities on April 5 and April 12.

Ogden Police Department tweeted on April 12 that a bomb threat was received at 1:11 p.m., but no specific address for the court was given. The District, Juvenile and Justice Courts were all advised.

Bomb-sniffing dogs were called in to search the buildings.

An all-clear was given by police that day at 3:30 p.m., Fattah tweeted, and court hearings resumed for the afternoon.

Ogden’s 2nd District Court and Justice Court were also closed on April 5 after another threat.

In that instance, courthouses were evacuated just after 9 a.m., Fattah tweeted. Just before noon, Ogden Police Department tweeted the buildings were clear and they were no longer dealing with an active incident.

“Detectives and Crime Center tracking leads on caller,” a tweet from the OPD added at that time. “Thanks for the allied agency assists.”


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