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Sheriff's Office: Courthouse Bomb Threat A Hoax

Business was conducted as usual inside the Cherokee County Justice Center as K-9 units swept the outside for an alleged bomb.

Authorities are confirming that there is no danger at the Cherokee County Justice Center after someone called in a bomb threat outside the courthouse Wednesday morning.

According to Lt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, a person placed a 911 call in Cobb County and told the operator there were bombs outside the Cobb County Courthouse and the Cherokee County Justice Center.

Baker said that since the "bomb" was specified to be buried outside the building, the courthouse was never evacuated and business inside was conducted as usual. The selling of foreclosed homes on the courthouse steps was interrupted but has resumed.

K-9 units performed a thorough search of the premesis and discovered no buried explosives. Authorities are now confident that the call was a hoax. Normal operations have resumed at the courthouse, Baker said.

As for the motive of the caller, Baker said that it may have something to do with the previously-mentioned foreclosure sale on the courthouse steps.

"It's not uncommon for someone to call in a bomb threat [on foreclosure day]," Baker said.

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