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]".
K-9 units completed a sweep of the Virginia Supreme Court building about 2:30, and employees were allowed to re-enter. An investigation is ongoing.— Va Capitol Police (@VaCapitolPolice) January 15, 2021
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.
A report of a possible bomb prompted @VaCapitolPolice to clear the Virginia Supreme Court building on North Ninth Street shortly before 1:30 p.m. Friday. A K-9 search of the building is underway, and police are continuing to investigate.— Va Capitol Police (@VaCapitolPolice) January 15, 2021
Photos that are said to show police stopping traffic in the vicinity of the Supreme Court building emerged online.