Newport News courthouse briefly evacuated to investigate suspicious package

Posted at 1:18 PM, Aug 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-20 13:18:57-04

The Newport News General District Courthouse was evacuated for several hours while police investigated a suspicious package that was found inside.

All judges, court personnel, attorneys, inmates, visitors, etc., were calmly escorted from the building around 9:10 a.m. to designated areas predetermined by an evacuation plan.

The Newport News Sheriff’s office Bomb K9 Handler and Newport News Fire Department Bomb Squad responded to sweep the area.

Doors were reopened at approximately 11:45 a.m. after the package was determined safe.