Bomb threat causes evacuation of federal building in Norfolk

(Southside Daily/Courtesy of Norfolk Police Department)
(Southside Daily/Courtesy of Norfolk Police Department)

NORFOLK — Authorities said a bomb threat caused an evacuation of the federal building here Monday afternoon.

The report was received by police around 1:15 p.m. At approximately 3:50 p.m., Norfolk Police gave the all clear — employees and the public were allowed inside the building, and normal operations resumed.

Immediately after the report was received, traffic lanes around the building in the 200 block of Granby St. were blocked “pending the completion of a K9 sweep,” police said.

Light Rail travel were also suspended in the area — service also resumed shortly after police gave the “all clear.”

No injuries were reported. Police and Department of Homeland Security are investigating.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.