Bomb Threat Clears Boston Courthouse

Police declare it safe after about an hour

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 17, 2013 3:18 PM CDT | Updated Apr 17, 2013 4:14 PM CDT

(Newser) – More confusion and stress in Boston: The federal courthouse had to be evacuated briefly today over a bomb threat, reports ABC News. Police conducted an hourlong sweep and gave the all-clear to return late this afternoon. The courthouse was especially packed after reports surfaced that a suspect in the marathon bombings had been arrested, reports the Boston Herald. The FBI has since insisted that no arrests have been made and scolded the national media. Because of the bomb scare, authorities have postponed a 5pm news conference to talk about progress in the investigation.

An official wearing tactical gear stands guard outside the federal courthouse in Boston Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A Boston police officer stands guard as people are evacuated from Boston's federal courthouse.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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