HOLLIDAYSBURG (AP) — No explosive device was found after two bomb threats targeting the Blair County Courthouse caused authorities to evacuate residents of a two-block area.
The Altoona Mirror reported that technicians and a robot from Penn State’s bomb squad were brought in late Wednesday after the threats were sent to WTAJ-TV shortly before 7 p.m., warning of an explosive device set to detonate if an unspecified trial began.
The county’s bomb-detection dog had made two sweeps of the courthouse and identified a possible suspicious item. Hollidaysburg Police Chief Jeffrey Ketner said early Thursday the dog sniffed out a substance in the chlorine family.
County officials say no significant trials are scheduled to start today.