TAHLEQUAH — An Oklahoma Highway Patrol bomb squad based out of Tulsa is on the scene at the Cherokee County Courthouse, sweeping the area for possible explosive devices.
Agents are using a canine inside the building and around the perimeter to locate any possible substance or object that could be used as a bomb.
The threat was called into the Cherokee County Courthouse this morning at around 9, shortly before court dockets were slated to begin for the day. City and county offices were immediately evacuated, and all roads around the courthouse were closed off to through traffic as investigators began their work.
Officials brought in special equipment and have also been checking surrounding areas, including newspaper boxes. The courthouse will be closed until at least 1 this afternoon.
Investigators are now working to pinpoint the number of the phone used to call in the threat, and have warned that the perpetrator will be dealt with "harshly."