Bomb threat clears GarCo offices

A bomb threat forced the early closure of the Garfield County Courthouse and sheriff’s office Thursday afternoon in Glenwood Springs.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Tanny McGinnis said a man with no identifiable accent called a judicial clerk around 2:10 p.m. and said a bomb was in the building. A search turned up no explosives, however, and both offices will be open for business today.

Between 100 and 200 people were evacuated, she said. That included employees, members of the public and some inmates who were in the courthouse and were escorted back to the county jail.

The courthouse is home to judicial operations and several county departments, and the sheriff’s office and jail are next door. The sheriff’s office cancelled visitation at the jail for Thursday evening.

Nothing threatening was found Thursday afternoon, but bomb-sniffing dogs from the Golden Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office were being brought in to search the building Thursday evening. Authorities hoped to clear the building to be reopened for business this morning.

County Assessor John Gorman and his staff were among those evacuated.

“I guess it was some kind of credible threat,” Gorman said.

Both he and Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said the courthouse evacuation was orderly.

“We just got the word and everybody filed out,” Gorman said.

He said some people didn’t take their car keys, which necessitated police going back in to retrieve them when it turned out employees wouldn’t be returning for the day.

“A bunch of people didn’t know exactly why we were being evacuated,” Gorman said.


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