First District Court in Hempstead was evacuated for a bomb scare on Monday.
First District Court in Hempstead was evacuated for a bomb scare on Monday (NYS Unified Court System).

Judges, lawyers, court officers and defendants were evacuated from Nassau County’s criminal courthouse in Hempstead following a bomb threat on Monday morning, authorities said.

Hempstead village police said the threat was reported at First District Court on Main Street shortly after 9 a.m. No explosives were apparently found in the building following a search.

“We are working towards minimizing disruption and restoring court services,” Daniel Bagnuola, a court spokesman, said in a statement. “The safety of the public and staff is our top priority.”

He said the evacuation was over about an hour later when court staffers and visitors were being allowed back inside.


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