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Update: 4:37 p.m.
A bomb-sniffing dog has swept the Justice Center and found nothing suspicious, allowing personnel to reenter building shortly after 4 p.m.
Kingsport detectives are currently investigating the hoax. It is classified as false reporting, a felony charge.
A bomb threat called in to Kingsport central dispatch at approximately 3 p.m. has prompted the evacuation of the Justice Center downtown.
As of 3:30 p.m. police were conducting a sweep of the building. The Justice Center holds the Kingsport Police Department and Kingsport courts.
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