13:51 GMT28 February 2021
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    An investigation has been launched into reports of a possible bomb threat, as employees have been allowed to re-enter the building after it was searched by police dogs.

    The Virginia Division of Capitol Police on Friday responded to a possible bomb threat in the building of the state Supreme Court in the city of Richmond, saying that due to the reports it previously had to clear the site on North Ninth Street.

    According to the police department, police dogs have searched the building of the Virginia Supreme Court, as officers continue to investigate reports of the bomb threat.​

    After the search was completed, employees were allowed to re-enter the building, which was earlier cleared "shortly before 1:30 p.m. [local time]".

    According to local media reports, traffic is stopped by police at the intersection of E. Franklin St and N. 8th St, as well as other nearby streets downtown near the state Supreme Court building.

    Wavy.com reported that it was a state Supreme Court employee who received a phone call "with someone referencing a possible bomb".

    ​Photos that are said to show police stopping traffic in the vicinity of the Supreme Court building emerged online.


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