Mysterious package left at the Erath County Courthouse causes bomb scare, evacuations.
The Erath County Courthouse and Donald R. Jones Justice Center were evacuated Thursday afternoon after a “mysterious package” was located on the north side of the courthouse.
Deputies with the Erath County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call.
“It was initially believed that the package contained a life-threatening device, so we evacuated everyone from the buildings,” Sheriff Matt Coates told Beneath the Surface News.
Coates said the all-clear was given after both buildings were searched by a detection K9 belonging to the Stephenville Police Department.
The evacuation disrupted the hearing of county treasurer Kimberly Barrier, but testimony resumed after the all-clear was given.