UPDATED: Bomb threat that emptied Medford City Hall a prank, police say

3:47 p.m. A bomb threat that prompted the evacuation of Medford's City Hall was a prank, authorities said.

The building was evacuated after a male caller contacted City Hall at 1:25 p.m. to make the threat. Everybody was let back inside about an hour later, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.

“Nothing was found and we think this was a prank,” Budreau said. “We did evacuate just staff and police conducted the search. Had we found a suspicious device, we would have certainly evacuated the officers and called in the bomb squad.”

During the sweep, police also blocked off a parking lot on the south side of City Hall.

“It’s a crime to call in a bomb threat ... it substantially disrupted the business of City Hall,” Budreau said. “We are certainly looking to identify this individual.”

If caught, the caller would likely be charged with disorderly conduct, he said.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call 541-770-4784

— Sam Wheeler

2-10 p.m. Medford City Hall was evacuated Thursday afternoon following a bomb threat, according to police on the scene.

An officer outside the building said a call came in at about 1:30 p.m. and employees were then evacuated. Police have also blocked off a parking lot on the south side of City Hall.

The city's annex building at the corner of West 10th Street and Ivy Street remains open.

We will have more details on this as they are made available.

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