Amid the chaos of the storm Monday, a bomb threat was called in, causing the evacuation of the Clatsop County Courthouse.

A search was made and nothing was found.

The threat was one of a series received by courthouses around Oregon Monday.

Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin said a bomb threat by telephone was reported around 2:45 p.m.

Bergin declined to release details of the threat but said it was enough that the Sheriff's Office felt, “it should at least be looked into.”

During the search, the power went out. After the search was complete, Bergin said, the courthouse remained closed because of the power outage.

An investigation into the threat is currently under way.

Oregon State Police spokesman Gregg Hastings said many Oregon courthouses received similar threats Monday.

Some 18 locations, including 17 county courthouses and the Oregon Public Service Building in Salem, received phoned-in bomb threats Monday afternoon.

These threats appear to be similar to eight reports received Nov. 15 in Washington State and nine in Nebraska Nov. 2. All were unfounded.

The threats began around 2:30 p.m. and continued for about one hour. In addition to Clatsop, the following locations have confirmed with OSP receiving similar threats: Crook, Baker, Curry, Benton, Jefferson, Tillamook, Deschutes, Morrow, Grant, Malheur, Wallowa, Umatilla, Marion, Jackson, Klamath, Lake and Union counties.

Some of the locations reported evacuations while responding law enforcement personnel conduct area checks for any suspicious objects. None of the reports have confirmed finding any suspicious objects, OOP?said. Other locations did not evacuate but also conducted area checks.

The Oregon Public Service Building in Salem received a similar report at approximately 3 p.m. The building, which also houses the OSP General Headquarters office, was evacuated and allowed employees back in to their work locations at about 4 p.m. after an area check was completed.

OSP Hazardous Device technicians did not responded to any locations because there were no confirmed findings.


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