Downtown Miami

Bomb threat investigation moved to Brickell after Miami government buildings evacuated

Miami police released this image of an area near 401 NW Second Ave. after someone called in a possible bomb threat to the Department of Children and Families office inside the Rohde building near the family courthouse.
Miami police released this image of an area near 401 NW Second Ave. after someone called in a possible bomb threat to the Department of Children and Families office inside the Rohde building near the family courthouse. Twitter

Downtown Miami government buildings and parts of Brickell faced evacuations and traffic jams for hours as Miami police investigated a possible bomb threat to the Florida Department of Children and Families office at the Rohde building on Northwest Second Avenue Tuesday.

By early evening, the investigation led police to temporarily shut down Brickell Bay Drive and Brickell Avenue at Eighth Street. Earlier, police urged motorists to avoid the area around Northwest First and Second avenues between Northwest Third to Fifth streets.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we're following up on possible leads related to the initial downtown incident," Miami police said in a tweet just after 7 p.m.

By 8:15 p.m., the department issued an all-clear alert. The roads at 401 NW Second Ave. and 777 Brickell Ave. were "reopened for normal pedestrian and traffic flow," Miami police said in a tweet.

The bomb threat led to an evacuation of the Rohde, which houses the DCF and other state agencies at 401 NW Second Ave. The nearby Miami-Dade County Children's Courthouse, the City of Miami police station across the street and a U.S. Post Office branch were also temporarily evacuated as a precaution.

A DCF employee alerted police that the department received a call from a man who made a bomb threat around 3 p.m. The police response led to a temporary shutdown of the Metromover service and a delay of some Metrobus routes as rush hour approached, according to Miami-Dade Transit.

The nearby 11th Judicial Circuit Court alerted its staff in an email at 4:30 p.m. to the bomb threat and that personnel at the Miami Children's Courthouse and the Overtown Child Support Courthouse had to evacuate. The Miami Beach, Miami-Dade and Miami-Dade School's police departments also joined in the investigation.



Metromover resumed service just after 5 p.m. The Miami police station and the Miami-Dade Children's Courthouse also were reopened but the post office remained closed for the day. Police had given the all-clear, and the buildings reopened.

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