By Sneha Dey, The Texas Tribune
“Law enforcement says no explosives detected after bomb threat called into state Capitol” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
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The Texas Capitol was evacuated for at least two hours on Sunday evening because of a bomb threat.
An unknown person made a call to 911 and claimed they placed a pipe bomb in the state Capitol, according to an emergency alert from the Department of Public Safety. After a sweep of Capitol grounds, Austin police said the building was safe to return, and no explosive devices were found.
Austin Police Department notified DPS of the bomb threat at approximately 4 p.m.. DPS evacuated the building at approximately 5 p.m. and brought in troopers with K9 dogs to search the scene. The building was clear to return at 7:23 p.m.
The incident is under investigation by DPS. DPS and Austin Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Lawmakers were not convening on Sunday evening at the time the threat was called in.
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This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2023/04/16/texas-capitol-bomb-threat/.
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