(UPDATE) All clear given after bomb threat at Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston

A shot taken outside Moakley Federal Court in Boston. PHOTO: MORGAN ROUSSEAU
A shot taken outside Moakley Federal Court in Boston. PHOTO: MORGAN ROUSSEAU

Employees were given the OK to enter Moakley Federal Courthouse around 4:15 p.m. following a bomb threat.

Security officials on Wednesday afternoon ordered staff, media and attorneys to evacuate Boston’s federal courthouse due to a “code red” bomb threat, just hours after false media reports claimed investigators had a suspect in custody in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.

Scores of people gathered outside the court, where the reported suspect was expected to be taken. News helicopters circled the area and Boston Police were on scene. Around 3:30 p.m., a fire truck was seen outside the court’s entrance.

Reuters reported that a uniformed law enforcement official yelled to media gathered outside the court, “Get away from the building. I can’t stress this enough, people.”

Brigham and Women’s Hospital also had a similar scare this afternoon, however a source connected to the hospital said employees received an email giving the all clear.

Stay with Metro as story as this story develops.

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