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Bomb threat investigation continues

The investigation into last week’s downtown bomb threat continues.

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, an anonymous male caller phoned the court clerk’s office at the Archuleta County Courthouse shortly before 12:30 p.m., indicating a bomb was placed beneath a car, reported Det. Scott Maxwell of the Pagosa Springs Police Department.

With the location of the reported bomb not identified, officials evacuated the courthouse and all businesses in the 400 and 500 blocks of San Juan and Pagosa streets due to the threat in the vicinity.

In addition to the evacuations, the Riverwalk was closed, U.S. 160 traffic was routed onto Lewis Street and the local schools were put on “soft” lockdown, meaning nobody left the buildings.

Firefighters and EMS personnel responded to the call and were put on standby at the incident’s staging area.

Additionally, the bomb squad from the Farmington, N.M., police department was put on standby while law enforcement personnel conducted a sweep of the courthouse and vehicles in the 400 and 500 blocks of the highway thoroughfare.

That search revealed no explosives or suspicious items, Maxwell reported.

The area was reopened to traffic and business shortly after 3 p.m.

Now, a week after the incident, law enforcement is on the lookout for the responsible party.

“We have received the phone records and the investigation is continuing,” Maxwell said.

randi@pagosasun.com

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