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Man, 61, arrested after bomb threat at Florida Capitol


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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A 61-year-old man is accused of making a bomb threat that forced the closure of Florida’s Capitol Thursday.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said employees had been barred from entering the building Thursday morning following the threat, which appeared to be a false alarm. Deputies and K9s searched the building, but did not find any explosives.

Investigators identified the suspect as 61-year-old Mark Wayne Clark. Clark was arrested Thursday morning at the Corner Pocket Bar & Grill on Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee. He faces a charge of false bomb threat in reference to state-owned property.

All 50 state capitals have been on high alert since the deadly Jan. 6. siege on the U.S. Capitol, when a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building in an attempt to overturn his loss in the presidential election. The Capitol was evacuated and placed on lockdown. Five people died, including a police officer.

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