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Mississippi Capitol closed after bomb threat on second day of legislative session

Capitol staffers were being turned away from the building early Wednesday morning after a bomb threat, Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell confirmed to Mississippi Today.

“It’s likely nothing, but we are going through our normal protocols,” Tindell said. This included closing entrances, turning away staff and blocking off streets around the building in downtown Jackson. Tindell said the building was being swept by explosive-detecting dogs.

There was a heavy police presence around the Capitol on Wednesday morning. Police blocked both roads and sidewalks in a one-block radius around the building, and some Capitol staff stood on the lawn away from the building. The closed roads were causing some traffic backup on West Street and High Street as people were arriving downtown for work between 7 and 8 a.m.

Further information on the bomb threat, including to whom it was called in, was not immediately provided by authorities.

Wednesday marks the second day of the 2024 Mississippi legislative session. On Tuesday the Capitol was packed with lawmakers who were being sworn in, family and legislative staff.

Editor’s note: This story will be updated.

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