Both City Hall and the courthouse were shut down this morning after police received a call warning that explosives had been placed in both the New Britain and Bristol courthouses, police said.
Lt. Mark Moskowitz said the call came in at 9:42 and the courthouse in Bristol was quickly evacuated so that it could be searched. It didn't reopen until 12:15.
City Hall was closed for at least an hour or so, but I'm not yet sure of the details. It's open now as well.
I have no idea what they did in New Britain.
Updated at 2:40 --
Mayor Art Ward said he ordered City Hall closed about 10 a.m. after getting a call from the police chief.
It reopened at 12:15, the mayor said.
"They had dogs in there" at the courthouse, he said, to search for any explosives.
Ward said the chief court administrator ordered both courthouses shut down after the bomb threat was called in.
"We automatically evacuate City Hall" in that case, the mayor said.
Ward said the U.S. Post Office on the other side of the courthouse was also shut down as a safety precaution.
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