Bomb threat at Courthouse

By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer

A bomb threat was called into the Choctaw County Courthouse on December 12.

This bomb threat was one of at least 29 others called into other Mississippi county courthouses which were all determined to be a hoax. Courthouses in Winston, Clay and Lowndes Counties were also among the 29 that received the bomb threat.

The call came into the Circuit Clerk’s office around 1 p.m. then shortly after the Choctaw County Courthouse was evacuated and the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Department was called in. They evacuated then blocked all entrances for one city block around the courthouse.

A command post was established near the depot in downtown Ackerman. After approximately four hours, the courthouse was cleared of no bombs.

In a December 12 article in the Clarion Ledger, it says the “first bomb threats reportedly came in around 1 p.m. and continued through the afternoon.” “MEMA spokesperson Greg Flynn said reports continued to trickle in around 3:30 p.m., many from counties in the first half of the alphabet.

“It’s almost like they called them all in alphabetical order,” Flynn noted.

Mississippi averages around 400 bomb threats every year. Residents should take all threats seriously until a building or area has been cleared by law enforcement officials.

MEMA spokesman Greg Flynn said the Department of Homeland Security is handling the case in conjunction with the FBI.

“None of them appear to have found any actual devices, but certainly they’re going through the regular protocols because they’ve got to take them all seriously,” Flynn said.”