The State House is Augusta has been evacuated this afternoon, Jan. 3, because of a threat. Maine State Police say dogs were brought in to search the building.
Other state capitals received similar threats.
From Maine State Police:
On Wednesday, January 3, 2024, a threat was emailed to the state email account of a State House employee. The threat was discovered at approximately 1:45 pm. At that point the Capitol Police temporarily shut down and evacuated the building. There were approximately 300 people in the building at the time. No one was injured. Two K9 teams from the Maine State Police Bomb Unit responded to clear the building. There were no explosives found and the threat was deemed to be a hoax. The threat was similar to threats emailed to state offices across the country. Assisting the Capitol Police was the Maine State Police, the Augusta Police Department, and the Augusta Fire Department.
Capitol Police have evacuated the State House following an email bomb threat sent to numerous State Capitols today,…
— CBS 13 News (@WGME) January 3, 2024
Right now all entrances to the State House campus are closed, and anyone who was inside the State House has been told to either leave, or wait in the neighboring Cross Office Building. https://t.co/mOrDjTD0Bm pic.twitter.com/a6b0SovQtn
— WGME Photojournalist 🎥📡 (@MENewsPhotog) January 3, 2024
Multiple state Capitols evacuated due to mass-emailed bomb threat | Click on the image to read the full story https://t.co/2slYzbBmDE
— WMTW TV (@WMTWTV) January 3, 2024