Conn. bomb threats “not an emergency”

A series of phoned-in bomb threats in Connecticut prompted the closure and search of all of the state’s 45 courthouses Friday. No bombs were found, but state homeland security officials — and the governor — weren’t notified of the threat. They ultimately found out from reporters.

“We know we have to work very closely together and we’re hoping the situation we experienced Friday won’t be replicated,” said James Thomas, commissioner of the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Public Safety Commissioner Leonard Boyle said the threat fell between the cracks because it was more than a routine scare but did not rise to level of a statewide emergency.

“We’re going to come up with a system, either by blast fax or e-mail, that will notify all state agencies when something like this arises,” Boyle said. “When we have information that’s important to get out statewide, but that isn’t an emergency, we need a better way.” — Associated Press

Police believe the bomb threats were a hoax intended to disrupt the courts.

The incident highlights the need for state agencies to communicate better, and the irony is that Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security was created in part to do just that.