GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - According to the courthouse administrator, the Marshall County Courthouse is closed for the remainder of Thursday and will reopen Friday morning after a bomb threat forced everyone in the building to be evacuated.
Around 9:45 a.m. Thursday, a deputy at the courthouse discovered a note that indicated a bomb could be inside.
Immediately, the Sheriff’s Office, Guntersville Police, Fire Department and Marshall County EMA responded to the scene.
ALEA and K-9 units were also dispatched and assisted with the search.
Deputies say the public and employees were evacuated in less than seven minutes, including nearby businesses.
Sheriff Phil Sims said as a result, traffic was backed up and trials had to be canceled.
Most importantly, he said he is thankful no one was hurt and that agencies responded quickly.
“If there was a need to stop traffic at the time EMA Director Anita McBurnett had already contacted the state about shutting it down. We didn’t need to, but we had it preplanned and we had everything in order the main goal was getting the public out of the courthouse first, employees and making sure we secure the courthouse for safety reasons,” said Sims.
Sheriff Sims said they did a search of the building and didn’t find anything other than the note, but they are still investigating. The courthouse will reopen Friday at 8 a.m.