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Bomb threats target state capitol buildings across US; evacuations ordered

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January 03, 2024

Multiple bomb threats targeting state capitol buildings across the United States led to evacuations Wednesday morning.

At least six state capitol buildings were impacted by the bomb threats, including Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi and Montana.

“While everyone is safe, KSP has asked everyone to evacuate the state Capitol and is investigating a threat received by the Secretary of State’s Office,” Kentucky Democratic Governor Andy Beshear wrote on X, formerly Twitter. “We are aware of similar threats made to other offices across the country.”

A representative for Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams said multiple secretaries of state nationwide received threats in a “mass email,” according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The capitol buildings in Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Montana were all reopened after authorities gave the all-clear.

“Today a bomb threat was made against our Mississippi Capitol building. Thankfully, the situation is clear. I’m incredibly thankful to the Capitol Police and all the Mississippi law enforcement officers who immediately responded to the incident,” Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves posted on X.

Michigan State Police said Michigan’s state capitol building “will remain closed for the rest of the day” out of “an abundance of caution.”  

The bomb threats occurred just days into election year 2024 – which will likely include a rematch between former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden – and shortly after the first trailer for an upcoming “Civil War” movie was released.

A24’s first trailer of “Civil War,” which is directed by Alex Garland, portrays a future where the United States is split by civil war, the government conducts air strikes against civilians, and journalists are targeted. 

According to Entertainment Weekly, the official synopsis of the movie states, “A race to the White House in a near-future America balanced on the razor’s edge.”

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.