Numerous state capitols cleared due to bomb threats: NPR

State Capitols Evacuated After Bomb Threats

State Capitols Evacuated After Bomb Threats

Georgia State Capitol

The Georgia State Capitol was among several state legislatures evacuated Wednesday following bomb threats.

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Evacuations Due to Bomb Threats

State capitols in Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, and several other states were evacuated Wednesday after bomb threats in each state, officials said.

Georgia State Capitol Delayed Opening

Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s top elections official, mentioned on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, that the opening of the Georgia State Capitol was delayed Wednesday morning until an all-clear was given.

“There have been multiple bomb threats to state capitols around the nation,” he wrote. “So far Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan & Montana. Do not jump to conclusions as to who is responsible. There will be chaos agents sowing discord for 2024. They want to increase tensions. Don’t let them.”

Threats Confirmed in Other States

In Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear confirmed the threat on X and said state police were investigating. The Michigan State Police also confirmed the threat, adding “Out of an abundance of caution, the Capitol will remain closed for the rest of the day.” In Mississippi, the threat was confirmed by Gov. Tate Reeves who said “the situation is clear.”

Timing and Recent Threats

The development comes just days before the third anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and it comes three months after U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said government workers had seen an “astounding” number of threats in recent months.

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