State Capitol Evacuated After Bomb Threat

By: Austin American Statesman
By: Austin American Statesman

(Austin) Several hundred state employees and public visitors were evacuated from the State Capitol and a nearby state police building late this morning after a bomb threat was phoned in, authorities said.

Tom Vinger, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the DPS district office at 15th Street and Congress Avenue was cleared and searched after the threat was received in a 911 call about

11 a.m.
Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in. No bomb was found.
The domed statehouse was also cleared, routing employees and visitors after an announcement was made on the public-address system and via e-mail directing everyone inside to leave immediately.

State troopers immediately sealed off all entrances and ordered people to stay back from outside.

At midday, a top-to-bottom search of the building was being conducted with the dogs.

Officials said they hoped to have the Capitol reopened by early afternoon.

The evacuation is the first in months at the Capitol and the first since security checkpoints were installed at all entrances in May to guard against a terrorist attack and to increase the presence of state troopers in the seat of Texas government.

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