Two Southern Illinois Courthouses Reopen After Bomb Threat

Sep 27, 2017

Two southern Illinois courthouses re-opened Wednesday after a bomb threat.

The Williamson County courthouse in Marion reopened at 1:15 Wednesday afternoon. Officials said a bomb-sniffing dog found no explosives in the courthouse, and the facility reopened.

The Franklin County Courthouse was evacuated as well as the County Office Building (Campbell Building), on the Southeast side of the Benton Public Square.

The Benton Police, Benton Fire Department and Franklin County E.M.A. closed the Public Square to traffic. A U. S. Air Force K-9 team responded from Scott Air Force Base. The two buildings were searched and nothing was found. The Courthouse and County Offices reopened at 1:00 p.m.

The investigation continues and leads are being pursued.