Bomb scare closes Miami federal courthouse

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.

“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.