All federal buildings in Portland were suddenly closed mid-day Friday, including the Federal Bankruptcy Court and the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse after receiving a bomb threat.
According to Oregonlive.com the Bankruptcy Court cited a “threat of violence in the area” and also wrote that federal authorities had received a threat that a vehicle filled with explosives would hit a federal building. According to the article, it is not clear if a specific building was singled out.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating “to determine the credibility of the threat,” according to their release and is working with local, state and additional federal law enforcement agencies. If they determine that there is a credible threat, they will notify the public.
Just after 10 a.m. all City of Portland employees were asked “out of an abundance of caution” to leave the downtown area by noon and to stay away through the weekend, due to scheduled protests and counter-protests planned.
Portland has seen 86 days of continuous unrest with either unlawful gatherings or riots declared nearly each day. Just last night an unlawful gathering was declared after rioters attacked the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building for the second night in a row, destroying cameras, destroying property and attacking federal officers.
Wednesday night a riot was declared after rioters attacked the building, breaking windows, vandalizing the building and terrorizing local residents.