At least five courthouses have received bomb threats this morning, including the Mississippi Supreme Court in Jackson.
far bomb threats have been called in to courthouses in Rankin County in
Pearl, Warren, Monroe, Lowndes counties, Mississippi Emergency
Management Agency spokesperson Greg Flynn said.
said he doesn't yet know if the bomb threats are of a similar nature or
style as automated-sounding bomb threats called into 29 Mississippi
Courthouses last Wednesday.
Marshall, an employee who works in the Supreme Court building for
Mississippi Electronic Courts, said employees were made aware of the
bomb threat between at approximately 9:15 a.m.
said local law enforcement agencies will handle the sweeps and
investigations themselves, but areas without bomb squads can request a
bomb unit from outside their area sweep the courthouses if a suspicious
devise is found.
bad part abut this is that they have to follow their protocols, but
this is really trying up resources and man power that should be
protecting other places but (are forced) to respond to what turn out to
be hoaxes," Flynn said.
Still, law enforcement agencies must act as if a devise is where it is purported to be until they prove it is not, Flynn said.
"You have to take it seriously, especially given what happened last Friday -- Good grief," he said.
Mississippi is the fifth state to deal with dozens of bomb threats to courthouses.