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Bomb threat briefly shuts down Florida Capitol Thursday

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A Florida man was arrested for threatening to blow up the Sunshine State’s capitol building, forcing authorities to lock down the statehouse for nearly an hour early Thursday, police said.

Mark Wayne Clark, 61, was nabbed at a Tallahassee bar late Wednesday after police received a report of a bomb threat at the capitol, city police said in a release.

The threat shut down the statehouse until about 9 a.m. while police scoured the building with K-9 units, but no explosives were found.

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Clark was charged with making a false bomb threat in reference to state-owned property.

According to an arrest report, an employee at the Corner Pocket bar called police shortly before midnight Wednesday after allegedly overhearing Clark threaten to blow up the capitol.

“Call notes indicate the caller overheard a white male wearing all camouflage clothing talking about having a bomb at the Capitol and it was going to go off at 8 a.m.,” the report said.

“Upon arrival, I met with a white male who was sitting outside the bar who was wearing all green camouflage clothing and a Ford hat.”

Police said Clark “was speaking mostly gibberish and and saying ‘hi’ ” multiple times.

Clark was charged and released pending a future court appearance.

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