Mississippi Capitol, state Supreme Court buildings reopened after second bomb threat
By Taylor Vance
UPDATE: The Mississippi Department of Public Safety cleared the Mississippi State Capitol building and the Mississippi Supreme Court building around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday after sweeping the buildings following a bomb threat early in the morning, according to officials with DPS and the Administrative Office of the Courts
Judges, legislators and Capitol staffers lined the sidewalks in downtown Jackson Thursday morning after the Mississippi Supreme Court received a bomb threat, a spokesperson for the state Department of Public Safety said.
"Precautionary measures are being taken at the Mississippi State Capitol and Supreme Court buildings," DPS spokesperson Bailey Martin said in a statement. "Standard emergency procedures are being followed."
This is the second day in a row that a government building in the state has received a bomb threat. The Mississippi State Capitol, which is across High Street from the Supreme Court, received a bomb threat Wednesday. Law enforcement agencies swept the building and did not detect any explosive or suspicious material inside the building.
The Mississippi Legislature is in the middle of its 2024 legislative session, and most of Mississippi's statewide officials are slated to be sworn into office at 2 p.m. today.