Dozens of people were briefly prevented from entering the Leighton Criminal Courthouse Thursday morning after police received a report of a bomb in the vicinity of the building.
Nothing turned up during the search inside, so eventually the public was let in, according to Sophia Ansari, a spokeswoman with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.
The courthouse, at 26th and California, was officially “cleared” by 12:30 p.m.
About an hour earlier as courthouse activity was back in full swing, sheriff’s officials were seen with a dog sniffing at a nearby garbage can and other rooms.
Ansari said the courthouse was never evacuated after police received a call about a bomb at 9:30 a.m.
Whoever was inside was allowed to remain. But no one outside was let in for a short period, Ansari said.