Update 4:25 p.m.
A man who threatened to blow up the Monroe Co. Library today is in police custody. The library was on lockdown for about an hour and a half after a patron reported overhearing a man talking about “blowing up” the library.
Director of Monroe County Public Library Sara Laughlin says the building was evacuated around noon after security reported the incident to her.
“My security team leader came up to my office and reported that a patron had reported that a man sitting at a computer near her was talking about blowing up the library,” said Laughlin. “We immediately called to police and pulled the fire alarm so that we could clear the building right away.”
Laughlin estimates that four to 500 people were evacuated from the building in just less than five minutes. Library staff and police searched the building, but found nothing suspicious. Police have identified the man as Nicholas Ryan. He’s being charged with false reporting, which is a class D felony.
The Monroe County Public Library has been reopened after it received a bomb threat Friday, according to the library director. The building was evacuated when the threat was initially received.
Monroe County Public Library Director Sara Laughlin says a patron reported that a man sitting near her mentioned blowing up the library. The library immediately called the police and pulled the fire alarm to evacuate the building.
Library staff and a few police searched the building but found nothing. Laughlin says the suspect is in custody.
The library reopened around 1:30 p.m.