No bomb found at courthouse

Published 3:24 pm Tuesday, July 10, 2018

After a bomb threat was called in to the Prince Edward County Courthouse on Tuesday, an investigation by Virginia State Police (VSP) yielded no explosives, Prince Edward County Administrator Wade Bartlett confirmed at approximately 3 p.m.

Bartlett said the courthouse would be closed the rest of the day. The Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors met as scheduled Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The courthouse will reopen Wednesday for business as usual, a release from the county cited.

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VSP bomb agents with canines searched the courthouse.

A bomb threat was called into the Prince Edward County Combined Courts Office at 12:09 p.m. Tuesday, resulting in employees at the courthouse being evacuated and roads surrounding the courthouse being closed to traffic.

Main Street and South Street have reopened.

Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police will continue to investigate the incident.

“Farmville Police Department and Longwood University Police Department assisted with the incident response with Farmville Fire Department and Prince Edward Volunteer Rescue Squad on standby,” the release cited Tuesday.

This is the second bomb threat the courthouse has received in less than two months. A prior bomb threat was reported Thursday, May 24. After investigation of that incident, no bomb was found.