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April 05, 2006
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Bomb threat forces Maryland Statehouse evacuation

The Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md.- The Maryland Statehouse was evacuated Tuesday after a bomb threat was called in to Baltimore police.

State General Service Secretary Boyd Rutherford said the threat was called in just after 3:30 p.m. Baltimore police notified state authorities, and the building was evacuated in 15 minutes.

After a search of the building by three bomb-sniffing dogs, authorities were allowed to return to work at about 5:30 p.m.

Rutherford said Gov. Robert Ehrlich and Lt. Gov. Michael Steele were in the building and were escorted to safety. Members of the House of Delegates were starting to gather for a 4 p.m. session, but it was canceled.

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