State capitol evacuated following bomb threat

Published 4:25 pm Wednesday, January 3, 2024

A Frankfort State Journal report

Secretary of State Michael Adams’ office received an email bomb threat Wednesday morning.

According to his office, a threat was made on the state Capitol, but also sent to other secretary of state offices around the country, including Mississippi, Michigan, Georgia and Connecticut. The threat in Georgia was ruled a hoax.

At approximately 8:30 a.m., the Kentucky State Police was contacted by the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office concerning the threat. KSP Facilities Security and Legislative Security branches worked quickly to evacuate the building.

Troopers from Frankfort Post 12 and the Special Operations Branch, including the Hazardous Device Unit and K9 section, responded to identify or locate any potential threats.

The Capitol building was evacuated per protocol and Kentucky State Police began searching the building for explosives out of “an abundance of caution.”

“After a thorough search of the Capitol building and grounds, the threat was found to be unsubstantiated. At approximately noon, KSP issued an all-clear for normal business to resume,” KSP said in a statement.

The investigation remains ongoing by the Lexington FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, of which KSP is a member.

Citizens may report criminal activity or information regarding this incident confidentially through the KSP Website Tip Form.

State lawmakers were attending ethics training Wednesday morning and a prayer service was scheduled for 1 p.m.

Kentucky’s 60-day legislative session just began on Tuesday.

“While everyone is safe, KSP has asked everyone to evacuate the state Capitol and is investigating a threat received by the Secretary of State’s Office,” Gov. Andy Beshear wrote on X. “We are aware of similar threats made to other offices across the country.”