Morristown town hall evacuated: Bomb scare

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By Kevin Coughlin

Morristown Town Hall was evacuated at about 10 a.m. on Tuesday, by what employees said  was a bomb scare.

Bomb-sniffing dogs from the Morris County Sheriff’s Office were seen outside the building, Municipal workers huddled in the cold parking lot.

Police Chief Pete Demnitz declined to comment at the scene.

Mayor Tim Dougherty said he believes someone phoned town hall with a threat to the court.

“I’m not sure if it was (meant for) our court or the county. But we took immediate action,” said the mayor, who was away from the premises.

UPDATE:

The mayor said the call was phoned to the Morris County communications center. Madison’s town hall was evacuated at about the same time, without incident, according to news accounts.

Municipal Judge Gary Troxell said court was in session when police came in and directed everyone to evacuate.

“It was very orderly,” the judge said.

“I needed an adjournment. I guess I got one,” quipped state Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll, an attorney who had a case in court.

About 40 minutes after the evacuation, workers were let back inside, after authorities searched the South Street building.

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