Elmira City Hall, County Court cleared after evacuation for alleged bomb threat

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UPDATE: City Hall and the Chemung Coounty Courthouse have both been cleared after a K-9 team was brought in. The roads are also open.

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) –  On Wednesday, August 11, 2021 just before 11 a.m., the Chemung County Communications Center received a 911 call.  An unidentified male voice stated to the Communication Dispatcher, “yes there is a bomb in, uh, the city courthouse, and uh, the county courthouse Elmira, set to go off at 11;30.”  This subject then simply terminated the call.

Elmira City Hall, The Chemung County Court, and other adjacent buildings were immediately evacuated.

Two NYSP Bomb detection K9 teams were summoned to the scene and upon arrival, both buildings were checked by these K9 and handlers and met with negative results for any suspicious packages, materials or substances.  Around 12:45 p.m., the buildings were deemed safe and personnel and the public were allowed to enter.

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – The Chemung County Court and Elmira City Hall have been evacuated because of a bomb threat.

Church Street and Lake Street have also been closed surrounding the scene.

The Chemung County 911 is located in Elmira City Hall. Operations were moved to Schuyler County where dispatchers are pulling double duty until City Hall is cleared.

State Police confirmed that a bomb-detection K-9 was brought to canvass the building.

18 News will continue to follow this story as more information becomes available.

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