Courthouses reopened, all clear given in bomb threat

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A bomb threat was called into a downtown Charleston courthouse Monday morning, according to Charleston County deputies.{}

For nearly two hours, court officials and reporters stood outside the courthouses and crews investigated the reported explosive device.{}

Broad Street was shut down in front of the county and federal courthouses.{}

According to Charleston police, the consolidated dispatch center received a call about 11 a.m. about an explosive device inside of a white van parked in front of the post office on Broad Street.{}

The police department's bomb unit was activated and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office bomb squad was sent in to assist, officials said.{}

Officials say it is unrelated to the Chris Latham/Wendy Moore murder-for-hire trial that entered its third week on Monday.{}

The federal courthouse was evacuated, but deputies say the county courthouse remained occupied. Traffic was rerouted around the area, police said.