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30 TN courthouses receive bomb threats

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Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say 30 Tennessee counties have received false bomb threats to courthouses or other government buildings.

The threats began Tuesday morning and forced evacuations while authorities searched for bombs.

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security spokeswoman Dalya Qualls said no explosives were found and no arrests have been made.

A spokesman for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said the threats were made in phone calls to county clerk offices.

Memphis police received a call around 8:30 a.m. from an unknown female who said she had received information that someone was going to blow up the Criminal Justice Center at 201 Poplar Ave., the Federal Building at 167 N. Main St., and the main U.S. Post Office at 555 S. Third.

All locations were searched with negative results of a bomb, Memphis police spokeswoman Sgt. Karen Rudolph said.

Tennessee became the fourth state this month to deal with widespread bomb hoaxes. Oregon, Nebraska and Washington all had similar threats reported to courthouses.

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