FALL RIVER (CBS) – The Fall River Justice Center was evacuated on Thursday due to a bomb threat.
It came during testimony in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez just after noon.READ MORE: Police Continue Searching For Missing UNH Student Vincenzo Lirosi
When informed of the threat at the courthouse, Judge Susan Garsh interrupted testimony and brought the trial to a halt.
“We’re going to suspend at this time for a short period. Please go with the court officers,” she said.
Just before 1 p.m. court employees were allowed back into the building, according to WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager.
A spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney told Hager threats were called in to Fall River and Taunton District Court around the same time.READ MORE: Rhode Island Man Killed In Fiery Wrong-Way Uxbridge Crash
The spokesman does not believe the threats were related to the Hernandez trial.
Testimony resumed just after 2 p.m. with the bomb threat investigation concluded.
When court was back in session, Garsh assured jurors that the incident had no impact on the case.
“There is absolutely no reason to believe that the interruption was in any way related to this case,” Garsh said as the jury returned to the courtroom.
“Absolutely nothing about this interruption should be anything that you can consider when you deliberate about this case, because it had nothing whatsoever anything to do with this case.”MORE NEWS: Report: Antonio Brown's Return To Bucs Not Guaranteed After Fake Vaccine Card Suspension
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports