UPDATE: Kern County courthouse cleared after evacuation due to threat

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UPDATE: The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said the courthouse has been cleared and can resume normal operation at 1:30 p.m. No information has been provided about the nature of the threat.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County courthouse in downtown Bakersfield is being evacuated due to a threat.

Kern County Superior Court Public Affairs Officer Kristin Davis said the courthouse at 1415 Truxtun Ave. is in the process of being evacuated due to a “viable threat.” No specifics on this threat have been provided at this time.

Davis said the courthouse is expected to be closed through at least 1:30 p.m. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said it is investigating the threat and that traffic in the area has been partially closed.

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