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UPDATE: Santa Barbara courthouse re-opens following investigation into ‘unattended bag’

Posted at 11:45 AM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 22:06:07-04

UPDATE (11:45 a.m.) – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse is wrapping up and the courthouse re-opening after they determined there was no threat from a bag found unattended inside the building Friday morning.

Sheriff’s officials say someone notified them during the investigation that they had left their bag in the hallway. The contents of the bag have not been released but officials say the “all clear” has been given.

UPDATE (11:28 a.m.) – Santa Barbara County Sheriff spokesperson Kelly Hoover says the bomb squad is on scene trying to determine what is inside the package found in a hallway in the courthouse.

Just before 9 a.m., a visitor notified a bailiff about a ‘suspicious package’ in one of the hallways. The bailiff then notified the bomb squad and evacuated the building at 1115 Anacapa Street.

Hoover says the bomb squad has sent a robot into the courthouse to look at the package and evacuations of the courthouse remain in effect.

The streets around the courthouse are also impacted at this time. The Figueroa courthouse is open. Authorities ask visitors to avoid the area.

This story will be updated.

(ORIGINAL STORY) 9:47 a.m. — The Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Barbara was evacuated Friday morning after authorities say a suspicious package was found.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says the package was located inside the building on the 1100 block of Anacapa Street and discovered shortly before 9 a.m.

People are being asked to avoid the area for the time being.

KSBY has a crew heading to the scene and will have updates as they become available.

Suspicious package investigation at Santa Barbara County Courthouse. KSBY Staff Photo