Nelson Police Department and Nelson Fire Rescue were at the Nelson courthouse Monday afternoon responding to a bomb threat.

UPDATED: Bomb threat at Nelson court house a hoax

Nelson Law Courts and City hall were evacuated Monday afternoon.

The Nelson Court House is back to normal operations on Tuesday after a bomb threat was received early Monday (April 28) afternoon.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., an unknown person called the court house to report they had planted a bomb in the building.  A decision was made by courthouse management to evacuate and a search was conducted by members of the Nelson Police Department, Sheriffs and RCMP.

Fire trucks and other emergency personell helped block off part of Ward Street as the search continued.

A suspicious package was found during this search. For safety reasons the adjoining City Hall building was evacuated and nearby businesses were advised of the situation. It took several hours before the RCMP bomb disposal unit arrived to investigate the package.

It was subsequently determined that the threat was a hoax. Police were on site until after 11 p.m.

The investigation is ongoing and the Nelson Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the offender.  If you have any information please contact the Nelson Police at 354-3919 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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