Bomb threat, package forces evacuation of Kansas City federal courthouse

Monday, April 5, 2010 | 12:28 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — The federal courthouse in Kansas City has been evacuated after a suspicious package was found with a note warning of explosives inside.

Authorities said a soft-side cooler was found near a garage door where prisoners are brought into the building. Attached was a note saying the contents would explode. Don Ledford, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office, said the courthouse was evacuated and employees were sent home for the day.

Kansas City Police spokesman Rich Lockhart said bomb and arson detectives have been called in, and a bomb robot is being used to examine the package.

Investigators have blocked off the area and are not allowing vehicles or pedestrians near the building.

Mauri Sheer, the U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Missouri, said the all-day evacuation is "unusual." "We normally don't run into this," he added.

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