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.