Bomb threat shuts down Sheriff’s headquarters construction site
PHOENIX - Maricopa County Sheriff’s bomb squad deputies and their canines were called out to the sheriff’s new headquarters for a bomb threat Wednesday morning.
The incident began when construction crews showed up for work around 3:30 a.m. at the facility at 6th Avenue and Jackson Street, according to a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Air15 video showed one of the buildings in the construction area had the words “BOMB INSIDE,” “NO WORK TODAY,” and “happy MAY DAY STOP BUILDING PRISONS FOR OTHER WORKERS” written across it.
A lunch box was also found on the second floor of the building. The bomb squad dogs did ‘hit,’ on the lunch box, according to the official. A bomb squad X-rayed the lunch box and found just safety goggles and bottled water inside.
The company sent all 70 employees home at the beginning of the incident as they were unsure how long the investigation would take.
Officials say this is the second bomb threat aimed at Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his headquarters. Last month a package with an explosive device intended for the sheriff at his current Phoenix office was intercepted by Flagstaff police.
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