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Man arrested in connection to bomb threat that closed Florida Capitol

No explosives found after threat
Posted at 11:34 AM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 09:07:58-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A man has been arrested in connection to a bomb threat that forced a shutdown of the Florida Capitol building Thursday morning.

Thursday, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to Corner Pocket Bar and Grill on Apalachee Parkway in reference to a bomb threat against the Florida Capitol.

After a multi-agency investigation, one person, identified as 61-year-old Mark Wayne Clark, was arrested.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Florida Capitol was closed to employees until 9 a.m. Thursday morning while it was swept by law enforcement and explosive detecting K-9 units.

Authorities said Thursday afternoon that no explosive devices were found, and nothing suspicious was identified.

Clark will now face charges for making a false bomb threat in reference to state-owned property.

"Any threat against a government official or building is unlawful. Those who hear or witness these actions are encouraged to immediately notify law enforcement," TPD wrote in a release sent Thursday. "If you see something, say something."

You can report suspicious activity by calling TPD at 850-891-4200 or FDLE at 1-800-FLA-SAFE.