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Bomb threat closes courthouse

May 28, 1997

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Courthouse was closed to tours on Monday after a bomb threat was called in Sunday night, officials said Tuesday.

The front of the courthouse was blocked by yellow police tape on Monday.

Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge said the West Virginia State Police received a tip that a bomb had been planted in the courthouse.

Both the circuit court and the magistrate court building were searched on Sunday but no bomb was found, he said.

County policy is to keep a building closed for 24 hours after a bomb threat.

So the circuit courthouse, where John Brown was tried, was closed to tours, said guide Nan Furioso.

Furioso said Memorial Day weekend is usually one of the busiest weekends for tours.

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