The Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland was evacuated Thursday morning due to a bomb threat, according to a Portland Police Department press release.
Police say the courthouse, located at 205 Newbury Street, was evacuated at approximately 10:15 a.m. Thursday after a bomb threat had been emailed to the courthouse.
Portland Police called in an explosive K9 unit to sweep the building, and nothing was found.
Following the sweep, the courthouse was reopened at 11:30 a.m.
The Capital Judicial Center in Augusta was also evacuated due to a bomb threat Thursday, according to Maine Judicial Branch officials.
The York County courthouse was also evacuated.
“We have been in touch with our state and federal partners and believe this may be related to the threats that were called into several state capitol buildings around the country yesterday,” Portland Police wrote.
The Maine State House was evacuated Wednesday afternoon due to a bomb threat, which Maine Capitol Police said was part of a “wide scale threat event” targeting several state capitol buildings nationwide.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has said that the emailed bomb threats were a hoax, but out of caution led to evacuations in multiple other states.
Maine Department of Public Safety public information officer Shannon Moss confirmed Wednesday that no explosives were found in the State House and the threat was deemed a hoax.