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Louisville Hall of Justice reopened after bomb threat, man in custody

Louisville Hall of Justice
The Hall of Justice was evacuated after police apprehended a man in the building who claimed he had a backpack full of explosives.

Louisville Metro Police evacuated the Hall of Justice Thursday after a man entered the building saying he had a backpack full of explosives. He has since been apprehended.

At around noon Thursday, a man entered the courthouse saying he had explosives in his backpack that could blow up the building. Police say they then used pepper spray on him, arrested him and removed him from the building. The man is in police custody.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was the lead investigator on scene. The bomb squad assisted authorities following an alert of a “suspicious package” at the courthouse.

Several streets around South Sixth Street were blocked off for safety reasons. The Hall of Justice was fully evacuated.

The building reopened an hour after the evacuation, at around 2 p.m. Investigators determined the contents of the backpack posed no threat to the public.

This story may be updated.

Giselle is LPM's breaking news reporter. Email Giselle at grhoden@lpm.org.

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