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Tifton buildings evacuated

October 15, 2002

TIFTON- Workers had to evacuate two downtown Tifton buildings Tuesday. 

Someone called the Tift County clerk of courts at 8:40 a.m. and said their was a bomb in the courthouse. The courthouse and nearby offices were evacuated and bomb sniffing dogs were brought in from Moody Air Force Base. Their search turned up nothing.

Bruce Willis, Chief Deputy with the Tift County Sheriff's Department, said, "We had 30 people tied up at once, very expensive to have a prank call of this nature."

It's the second time this year a bomb threat was called into the courthouse. Both were on days of child custody hearings.

Tifton's City Hall was also evacuated because of a false fire alarm. Authorities aren't sure whether the two cases are related.

posted at 6:30 p.m. by dave.d'marko@walb.com