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Columbia Public Library reopened after bomb search

The Columbia Public Library reopened at about noon Monday after being evacuated while authorities combed the building for a bomb.

Police had earlier blocked off a section of Garth Avenue and evacuated the Columbia Public Library after a possible threat made over social media.

Library workers called police at about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday after seeing a threatening post on Twitter, Columbia Police Department spokesman Jeff Pitts said. He said the building was evacuated before 11 a.m.

A bomb-sniffing dog with the University of Missouri Police Department was searching the building at about 11:30 a.m.

The Columbia Police Department tweeted at about noon that the building was reopened after being searched for bombs. No bomb was found.

Columbia public library has been reopened, After being searched by CPD and MUPD K9 bomb detection.

— ColumbiaPD (@ColumbiaPD) April 16, 2019

The library was evacuated Tuesday morning during children’s story time, a library patron told ABC 17 News. Several Columbia Police Department cruisers were parked outside the building.

Columbia Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said neighboring Grant Elementary was not evacuated and the school day is continuing as normal.

.@ColumbiaPD says the @MUPDpolice bomb detection dog has finished a sweep of the library’s first floor and is moving to the second. No threat has been found. #abc17news

— Brittany Wiley (@BrittanyABC17) April 16, 2019

Police said they know who the person is, but are not releasing any other information.

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