Bomb threat closes Denver city-county building; nothing found
The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
DENVER ” The Denver City and County Building was evacuated Thursday after a bomb threat, but it was reopened about two hours later after a search found nothing suspicious.
Denver County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Gale said someone called the sheriff’s office just after 8 a.m. and warned that a bomb was either in the building or would be taken there soon.
The building was evacuated at 8:30 a.m., forcing about 200 people outside in subfreezing temperatures.
“We’re used to cooling our heels, but not this cool,” said attorney Daniel Deters, who was waiting for a court hearing to begin when everyone was ordered out.
Two city buses arrived later to shelter the evacuees.
The sprawling, four-story structure houses courtrooms, City Council chambers, the mayor’s office and other city offices.
State courts spokesman Robert McCallum said some trials were under way at the time of the evacuation, but he did not know how many.
He said all the judges and jurors were escorted safely from the building and that the trials would resume when the evacuation ended.
Police closed Bannock Street in front of the building, and dozens of people waited on the lawn. A handful of uniformed police officers and squad cars were visible.
The stately stone building, fronted by columns and a massive stairway, faces the state Capitol across the expansive Civic Center park.
While new restaurants enter the Aspen scene, there are several spaces that will remain empty this winter. Meanwhile, the retail market remains extremely hot.