Florida man arrested in connection with state Capitol bomb threat

Man arrested in connection with state Capitol bomb threat

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida man is accused of calling in a bomb threat to Florida’s state Capitol building, authorities said.

Mark Wayne Clark, 61, was arrested early Thursday by Tallahassee police at The Corner Pocket, an area bar, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

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Clark was charged with making a false bomb threat to state-owned property, the newspaper reported. He was released on $10,000 bail at 11:30 a.m. Thursday and will appear before a Leon County judge on Friday.

According to a report by the Tallahassee Police Department, an officer was called to the bar Wednesday night after an employee overheard a man “talking about having a bomb at the Capitol” and that it would detonate at 8 a.m. Thursday, WPTV reported.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the Capitol was closed while it was swept by law enforcement and explosive detecting K-9 units,” police stated in a news release. “No explosive devices were found, and nothing suspicious was identified.”

The specific threat Clark made has not yet been made public by police, the Democrat reported.