COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Secretary of State’s office in Columbus received a bomb threat on Friday, leading to a police investigation that concluded there was no threat present, officials said Friday.
Jon Keeling, a spokesman for Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, said an office employee arrived at work Friday and discovered a suspicious email that included a bomb threat against the office.
Officials called Columbus police and the Columbus Fire Department. Columbus police’s counter-terrorism unit swept the office “and determined that there was no threat present,” Keeling said in an email.
The office was not evacuated after first responders determined it was not necessary, Keeling said.
“There was no indication that the e-mail was politically motivated or election-related. Our office is grateful to our First Responders and their swift response to the situation,” Keeling said. “As we enter into another presidential election year, our office is unfortunately a target for disruption. With that in mind, we will continue conducting drills and exercises to prepare for those threats and will be ready for the challenges ahead.”
LaRose is Ohio’s top elections official. The threat comes days after the state finished a municipal election, and as elections officials begin to turn their focus to the March primary, which will include presidential candidates.
Keeling said due to security concerns, the Secretary of State’s office will not be releasing additional information.