The Miami federal courthouse was shut down for almost two hours Tuesday morning after a man told security officers he placed a bomb in a package near the building’s front entrance, law enforcement and witnesses said.
The man, who has not been identified, entered the lobby of the Wilkie D. Ferguson U.S. Federal Courthouse at 9:45 a.m., and was promptly arrested by court security officers.
He was detained as the package was searched by local and federal authorities, then run through an X-ray machine. By 11:30 a.m., those trapped inside the building at 400 N. Miami Ave., were allowed out, and those waiting to gain entry were permitted inside.
A witness said the man who allegedly left the package said it contained a bomb just before he was arrested.
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“You have to take each and every one of these types of threats very seriously in this day and age,” said criminal defense attorney Humberto Dominguez. He was arriving for a tax-refund fraud trial Tuesday morning when the courthouse was abruptly shut down because of the bomb scare.