Victoria courthouse cleared after bomb threat

Victoria courthouse cleared after bomb threat

Police surrounded the Victoria courthouse after a bomb threat on Nov. 6, 2018.

Police have cleared the Victoria courthouse after a bomb threat forced an evacuation late Tuesday afternoon.

Staff were allowed to return to the building just before 5:30 p.m. after Victoria police’s canine unit and explosive disposal unit searched the courthouse. No device was found and no one was injured.

Staff, prisoners and visitors were forced to leave the building just before 4 p.m. after the British Columbia Sheriff Service at the Provincial Court of British Columbia on Burdett Avenue reported receiving a bomb threat.

Police said it was a male voice that called the courthouse to say there was a bomb inside that would go off in 20 minutes.

Burdett Avenue and Courtney Street were closed to pedestrians and traffic while the building was searched. Blanshard and Quadra streets in the area were open to traffic but pedestrians could not go on the sidewalk near the courthouse.

A handful of people waited near Christ Church Cathedral while police blocked off the area.

Police are still investigating the incident but said no arrests have been made at this time. They also said they will likely charge the suspect with mischief.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call VicPD at 250-995-7654 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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