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Sunday, May 04, 2008

FBI investigating early-morning courthouse explosion

Courtesy of KFMB, San Diego: FBI investigating early-morning courthouse explosion

Were they gangbangers, criminals, pissed off illegal aliens, drug runners, or terrorists? Who knows?

SAN DIEGO -- Hearings scheduled for Monday at the federal courthouse downtown have been postponed due to the early-morning explosion that damaged the entrance to the building.

FBI field offices and federal courthouses nationwide have been alerted about the blast, which may have been caused by a pipe bomb timed to go off at a time when no one would be hurt, an FBI spokesman said.

The loud blast at the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Courthouse, 940 Front St., occurred at about 1:40 a.m., said the FBI's April Langwell.

By noon, no claims of responsibility had been received, Langwell said.

For the rest of the story: Early-morning courthouse explosion

Also reporting:

* * * PUBLIC NOTICE * * *

May 4, 2008 - The United States federal courthouse in the Southern District of California, located in downtown San Diego, will be closed to the public on Monday, May 5th, 2008 due to damage caused by a bomb explosion at the courthouse entrance. All federal court activity in San Diego has been cancelled. The U.S Courthouse in El Centro, California will remain open. The Clerk’s Office for the federal court will be open for business on Monday.

Jurors that are scheduled for federal court jury duty on Monday, May 5th are asked not to report as required. Jurors should call 800-998-9035 after 6:00 PM on Monday evening to check the status of their jury duty for Tuesday, May 6th, 2008.

All federal court employees are required to report to work as usual. All employees must use the Federal Building entrance at 880 Front Street.

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