MD State House On Lockdown For Possible Security Threat: Reports

By Pikesville Patch
Posted on 02/29/24 | News Source: Pikesville Patch

Annapolis, MD - Feb. 29, 2024 -  The Maryland State House is on lockdown early Thursday evening because of a possible security threat reported about 5 p.m.

The Annapolis Police Department told the Associated Press its offers were called to assist the Maryland Capitol Police after somebody called in an anonymous threat sometime Thursday. Officers had not found any suspicious activity by 6 p.m.

“You have to react to every threat as though it’s credible and serious,” Annapolis Police Department spokesperson Bernie Bennett told the AP, noting that nobody has been hurt.

An AP reporter saw law enforcement vehicles parked outside and a police officer hurrying up a staircase with his gun drawn.

Annapolis police told WBAL once the building's top floor has been cleared, and as soon as the bottom floor and grounds are clear, people will be able to move about the complex. Every entrance around State Circle was blocked by police cars, the TV station's helicopter video showed.

Gov. Wes Moore's office said in a statement: "The Maryland State House is currently under lockdown for a security threat. No other information is available at this time. Staff members, personnel and community members on grounds should shelter in place and listen to directions from any available member of capitol police or law enforcement."

The shelter-in-place order was extended to the House and Senate office buildings.