The Union County Courthouse reopened as of 2 p.m. following an evacuation Tuesday morning of the downtown Monroe complex after a suspicious package was delivered to the Clerk of Courts office, authorities said. The package was later found not to be dangerous.
The evacuation of the courthouse complex at 400 N. Main St. began around 9:45 a.m., said Lt. Brian Helms with the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
He said there were “odd items” in the package that was sent to the clerk’s office, which led to the evacuation “under an abundance of caution.” The bomb squad and other law enforcement were called in.
Helms declined to detail the items in the package.
The judicial center houses the district attorney’s office, the Clerk of Courts offices and other offices in addition to the courts themselves. It is adjacent to the county government center and across the street from the historic Old County Courthouse.