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Bomb Threat Empties Conn. Courthouses

Friday, 02 December 2005 12:00 AM

HARTFORD, Conn. -- A bomb threat prompted police to evacuate the state's court buildings Friday, abruptly interrupting trials while sending judges, lawyers and people with routine court business into the streets.

Police and court officials wouldn't say how many of the state's 45 judicial court buildings were evacuated.

"All we know right now is there was a bomb threat," said Wayne Sandford, deputy homeland security commissioner. "We're trying to get information on it as we speak."

The telephone threat was made about 10 a.m. on a constituent phone line answered by a staff member in Gov. M. Jodi Rell's office, gubernatorial spokesman David Dearborn said.

Local and state police bomb squads were notified about 11:30 a.m. that state police were requesting a sweep of state courthouses.

"They were very nonchalant, very smooth," said Madeline Hunt, who was in the Hartford Superior Court building. "'OK,' they said. `Everyone's got to leave.' There was no panic, no nothing."

Larry Mozzicato, who runs a food truck outside that building, said the threat ruined his lunch business. "People were coming out saying there was a bomb threat. Whenever there is a bomb threat, they never stop," he said.

U.S. Marshal John Bardelli said bomb squads were sweeping federal courts in Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford but that those courthouses remained open.

"A threat came in," he said. "I'm not sure the nature of the threat. It came in through the state police."

Connecticut's judicial branch has 83 facilities; 45 include courtrooms.

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