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October 03, 2012
DALLAS -- A bomb threat that forced an evacuation of the Polk County Courthouse Thursday morning turned out to be a false alarm.
Polk County Lt. Jeff Isham said someone called the Seaside Police Department early Thursday, saying two bombs would explode at the courthouse at 9 a.m.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office received the word at about 8:45 a.m. and immediately cleared the building.
County employees waited outside until well after 9 a.m. before the sheriff's office and a representative from each department swept the building to search for anything suspicious. No explosives were found and employees were able to return to work about an hour after the evacuation was ordered.
Adding to the strange circumstances was the fact that the call was traced back to a pay phone at a Safeway store in Seaside.
"It was odd that it came from Seaside," Isham said, adding that since the call was placed on a pay phone it could be difficult to find the bomb hoax caller.
No suspects have been identified at this time, but a Polk County detective has been assigned to the case.