Downtown courts buildings closed by phoned-in threat |

Downtown courts buildings closed by phoned-in threat

The Allegheny County Courthouse and Pittsburgh Municipal Courts Building, both Downtown, closed yesterday morning after authorities received a call that there were bombs in the buildings.

Pittsburgh and county police used bomb-sniffing dogs to search the buildings, an emergency dispatcher said.

The call came in about 7:30 a.m. to the county sheriff’s office. The courthouse reopened about 9:40 a.m. People were allowed back inside the Municipal Courts Building about 8:30 a.m.

Police dogs searched the City-County Building about 10 a.m. as a precaution. No one was evacuated.

There were no indications explosives were found in any of the buildings.

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