Houston Co. Judge: Crockett bomb threat was a "non-incident"

(Source: MGN Online)
(Source: MGN Online)

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Houston County authorities have reported that the possible bomb threat in downtown Crockett was a "non-incident." No explosives were found when a suspicious cooler was searched.

Authorities in Houston County blocked off the courthouse square in downtown Crockett for several hours in response to a possible bomb threat.

"Everyone has stood down, said Houston County Judge Erin Ford. "All of our first repsonders and police did an excellent job handling this situation."

According to Det. Clayton Smith, a spokesman for the Crockett Police Department, a man dropped a cooler off on the courthouse square in Crockett and then drove off at a high rate of speed around 7:30 or 8 p.m. Friday. Smith said the action was suspicious enough that authorities blocked off the downtown square in Crockett to be on the safe side.

The suspect is a "very tall" older white man, and he is driving a 4-door dark tan Buick or Pontiac sedan.

There is no indication that there is an explosive device in the cooler, Smith said. However, an explosives detection unit is en route from Fort Polk, Louisiana. In addition, a bomb-sniffing dog is coming in from Montgomery County as well.

While the bomb squad was en route, the Crockett PD received a tip from a citizen that spotted the cooler lying in the road with a small amount of liquid pouring out of it before it was moved to the median near the corner of East Houston Ave. and North Fifth Street.

At that point, one of the officials on the scene made the decision to approach the cooler to examine its contents. When they were found to not be a threat, all responding agencies were canceled and the roads were opened back up for traffic.

Right now officers from the Crockett and Grapeland Police Departments, deputies from the Houston County Sheriff's Office, EMS paramedics from East Texas Medical Center, and employees from the Texas Department of Transportation are on the scene.

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