Package containing cell phones and tobacco prompts bomb scare at Panola County Courthouse

Courthouse reopening after bomb scare

BATESVILLE, Miss. (WMC) - Panola County Sheriff’s Office says a bomb threat at the county courthouse in Batesville is clear.

In a post on Facebook, they say the package was redeemed safe and both county courthouses will be open on Friday.

After determining the package safe, investigators were able to determine the package contained three cell phones, a cell phone charger, cigarette lighters and loose tobacco.

PCSO was informed today of a suspicious package that was found at the front steps of the Panola County courthouse in...

Posted by Panola County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, April 22, 2021

Thursday afternoon, the Panola County Sheriff’s Office says a suspicious package was found on the front steps of the courthouse.

The courthouse was evacuated and the sheriff’s office brought in a bomb-sniffing dog and the Memphis Police Department Bomb Team.

The bomb team arrived on scene and took an X-ray of the package.

At the time, they believed the package could have some type of explosive and diffused it on site.

Authorities have not said where the package was found, how it was packaged or who may have left it.

Copyright 2021 WMC. All rights reserved.