Dudley District Court briefly shuttered after bomb threat

No suspicious devices uncovered after evacuation

DUDLEY — Authorities are seeking information after a bomb threat closed the district courthouse Friday morning.

Multiple local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies converged on Dudley District Court after a call had been received at the Framingham State Police Call Center warning of a possible suspicious device. According to a press release issued by Dudley Police Chief Steve Wojnar, local police and fire departments responded to the call by heading to the courthouse on West Main Street at approximately 7:45 a.m.

The courthouse was evacuated and searched by emergency responders, court officials, and members of the Massachusetts State Police and Worcester Police Department Bomb Squads, according to Wojnar. Federal officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also on hand to assist.

A similar bomb threat was also directed at the Eastern Middlesex County 2nd District Court in Waltham the same morning.

“Courthouses in Waltham and Dudley were evacuated at approximately 8:30 a.m. as a safety precaution. Both courthouses were cleared and opened for court business within a couple of hours,” commented Erika Gully-Santiago, public information officer of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Authorities did not find any suspicious devices, Wojnar stated, and court resumed shortly before 11 a.m.

“We had a good response and business was not tied up for too long,” remarked Wojnar.

The matter remains under investigation by Dudley Police Officers James Annese and Chandler Boyd. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dudley Police Department at 508-943-4411.


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