Norwich Superior Court was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after someone phoned in a bomb threat, police said.
The threat was reported at 1 Courthouse Square just before 1 p.m., police said, and the courthouse was immediately evacuated.
"The Marshal screamed everybody out of the building," said eyewitness Dave Pedro of Jewett City. "They rushed us out."
Not knowing what was happening, many eyewitnesses said they quickly flashed back to the terrorist attack on this date in 2001.
"It was a little scary," said Sean Levesque of Norwich. "They had us all leave, get out of the building. They didn't say what was going on."
State police bomb dogs searched the building. After an investigation, police said the threat was deemed to be false and the all clear was given about an hour later.
"Somebody called a bomb, that's pretty scary," Pedro said. "Glad nothing went off.
No injuries were reported.
As for those who were in lock up at the time. State police said the marshal's placed them in a van and took them off site.
State police said they've began a criminal investigation into the bomb threat and they're making progress. Those responsible face felony charges and will likely face a judge.
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