The Thurston County Courthouse and campus on Lakeridge Drive Southwest was evacuated Thursday morning after the county received a bomb threat similar to hundreds of threats made in the United States and Canada.
A rash of bomb threats were emailed to businesses, public offices and schools demanding payment in cryptocurrency, but none of the threats appeared credible, national law enforcement officials said Thursday afternoon.
In Thurston County, the threat was received via email about 10:30 a.m., according to Thurston County Manager Ramiro Chavez. The county later tweeted all staff and customers had been evacuated.
People were allowed back into the buildings about 11:15 a.m.
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Chavez provided The Olympian with a copy of the email that said there was an explosive device hidden in a building and demanded $20,000 in bitcoins.
The email did not mention Thurston County or the complex specifically.
County officials were meeting at the time the threat came in to discuss a plan to build a new courthouse complex. Chavez interrupted the meeting to announce the threat.
“Excuse me, unfortunately we have to stop. We just had a bomb threat to the building so we need to evacuate,” he said.