Mississippi Capitol (Photo: Sarah Ulmer/Magnolia Tribune)
Wednesday morning, the Department of Public Safety confirmed suspicious activity at the Mississippi State Capitol.
UPDATE as of 11am:
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety has successfully cleared the Mississippi State Capitol. The building was thoroughly searched, and no explosives or suspicious equipment were found.
This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further threat to the Capitol or surrounding buildings.
The Mississippi Capitol building is closed until future notice as law enforcement officers conduct a search after threats of a bomb on the premises. It was confirmed that the bomb squad is currently searching the building.
Official statement from DPS:
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety was notified earlier this morning of suspicious activity in and around the Mississippi State Capitol.
Anyone conducting business at the Capitol should confirm delays regarding business hours for the day or visit legislature.ms.gov for updates.
Standard emergency procedures are being followed and conducted. At this time, no further comment will be made and additional information will be provided when possible.
The reports began to circulate around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning of suspicious activity around the building.
It is the second day of the Legislative session for 2024, one of the busiest times of year for the building.
This is a developing story. Magnolia Tribune will continue to update as more details come to light.