Bomb threat closes downtown Tacoma streets

The County-City building in downtown Tacoma was reopened at 8:45 a.m. after police searched the building and found nothing following an earlier bomb threat.

Police closed off streets around the building for two hours, including the westbound lanes of South 11th Street. The few people in the building which hadn't opened yet, were also evacuated.

The bomb threat was called in to the county communications center about 6:20 a.m., according to Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum. He said police then secured the area.

Fulghum said a man told the operator that there was a bomb set to go off today at the building located at 930 Tacoma Avenue. The caller didn't say if the bomb was inside or outside the building, he said.

Fulghum said the building and grounds were searched and nothing was found. Officers from the Tacoma police, the Pierce County Sheriff and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms responded. The Tacoma police bomb squad also came to the scene.

The closed streets resulted in traffic congestion in the area.