BOMB THREATS INVESTIGATED AT GLOUCESTER COUNTY COURT BUILDINGS
(Woodbury, NJ) - Gloucester County Sheriff Carmel Morina announced today that at approximately 0923 hours the Gloucester County Sheriff's Department received notification from the Gloucester County Communications Center that a bomb threat had been received advising there was a bomb in the Gloucester County Courthouse.
The threat was non-specific as to a particular courthouse therefore making it necessary to evacuate the Justice Complex on Hunter Street, the Old Court House at Broad and Delaware Streets and the Family Court Building located at Broad and Cooper Streets. Also evacuated were the Adult Probation Building at Five Points in Deptford and the Gloucester County Finance Building on Delaware Street in Woodbury.
Bomb detection dogs and handlers from the following agencies: The New Jersey State Police, The State Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Delaware River Bay Authority, the United States Marshall's Service, the Salem County Sheriff's Department, Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, Deptford Police Department, Voorhees Township Police Department, to assist with the Gloucester County Sheriff's Department's response effort. Elements of the Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management, Gloucester County Fire Marshall's Office, Woodbury Fire Department and Woodbury EMS also provided assistance.
An investigation into the phone threat is currently being conducted by the Gloucester County Sheriff's Department with the assistance of the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
Sheriff Morina stated that "all five county buildings were evacuated in a safe and timely manner." Sheriff Morina also expressed his gratitude stating, "The response by the Law Enforcement community has been tremendous and I am extremely grateful for all their efforts."