According to multiple Charleston news outlets, the Federal Courthouse on Broad Street was evacuated Monday morning due to a bomb threat.
The Charleston Police Department was dispatched around 11 a.m. in response to a call to the Federal Courthouse regarding an explosive device inside a van parked on Broad Street.
The courthouse at 100 Broad Street was evacuated and swept for explosives by the Charleston County Bomb Unit. Investigators confirmed the area was all clear around 1 p.m. after bringing in a bomb sweeping robot and the K-9 unit.
Officials closed the area to the public and rerouted traffic at the intersection of King and Broad streets.
The threat delayed the highly publicized trial of Chris Latham, a former Bank of America executive who is standing trial in a murder-for-hire case. Both Latham and his girlfriend face felony murder racketeering charges for allegedly crafting a scheme to kill Latham’s ex-wife. Police said the threat was not related to the trial.
An officer with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the nearby Charleston County Courthouse had not been evacuated, contrary to previous reports.
The heavily government populated area of downtown Charleston is no stranger to bomb threats. In 2011, a threat was delivered to the public defender’s office, also located on Broad Street, which later proved to be false.