Capitol Cleared After Bomb Threat

State troopers denying visitor entrance to the Capitol due to a bomb threat on June 18, 2010.
State troopers denying visitor entrance to the Capitol due to a bomb threat on June 18, 2010.

Capitol staffers have been cleared to return to work following a mid-morning bomb threat. Staffers were evacuated at around 11:30 a.m. after Austin Police got a phone call from a pay phone warning them of a bomb threat against the capitol or the capitol complex. All state personnel and the public were told over the loud speaker to evacuate the building immediately. Security guards could be seen walking around the perimeter of the building peering into grates.

Here's the text of the emergency e-mail state staffers received:

"A bomb threat has been received against the Capitol and police.  DPS Capitol District Office and the Capitol are being evacuated.  K-9s are conducting a sweep of the area at this time.  Be vigilant and report suspicious activities to DPS at 463-3556."

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