Mineola courthouse briefly evacuated after bomb threat

The Nassau County courthouse in Mineola is shown The Nassau County courthouse in Mineola is shown in this screenshot image. (Oct. 2007) Photo Credit: Google Maps

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The courthouse building housing the central jury room at the Supreme Court complex in Mineola was evacuated for nearly half an hour late Tuesday morning after a phoned-in bomb threat, officials said.

A Nassau courts spokesman told Newsday a phone caller made the threat leading to the evacuation, but said a "thorough search" by court officers and other investigators found nothing suspicious.

Nassau County police said the State Supreme Court building at 100 Supreme Court Dr. was evacuated at 11:01 a.m., after the threat.

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Police said officers from the arson-bomb squad also were dispatched to the scene.

At the beginning of the evacuation, court officers went from room-to-room telling people inside the courthouse, "This is not a drill."

Once outside, people were ushered through a light late-morning rain to an area across the street.

People were allowed back into the building starting just before 11:30 a.m., officials said. There was a noticeable police presence in the lobby.

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Jurors were told by officials to return at 2 p.m.

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