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KCSO: Kern County courthouse reopens after evacuation over threat

Posted at 11:15 AM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 19:40:11-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County courthouse has reopened after a phone threat resulted in it being closed by the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

According to Lt. Joel Swanson, the Kern County Sheriff's Office received a phone call at 9:45 a.m. indicating a threat at the courthouse. As a result of that threat, the KCSO cleared the courthouse to confirm or deny that a threat existed.

At around 12 p.m. the KCSO announced that the courthouse had been cleared and it would return to its normal operation at 1:30 p.m.

The Bakersfield Police Department provided additional resources during the evacuation.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office has not provided any additional details at this time.