AUGUSTA — Police and firefighters responded Monday afternoon to a bomb scare called into the Augusta office of U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine.

King was not present at the time. No bomb was detected and no injuries were reported.

Augusta Police Lt. Christopher Massey said the caller threatened the building generally and did not specifically target King’s office or any other tenants, which include the Maine Farm Bureau Association.

The bomb threat was called in just before 3:30 p.m. at 4 Gabriel Drive, according to Augusta Deputy Chief Jared Mills.

Augusta police requested a bomb detecting dog from the Maine State Police, Mills said. The building was evacuated for some time while police conducted the search.

Massey said Augusta Police notified Capitol Police in Washington, D.C., to make them aware of the incident, but said that the case would be investigated locally. That investigation is ongoing. There were no charges Monday evening.

Massey said calls threatening bombs or other harm are treated the same, whether they involve a senator’s office, a school or a local store.

“We take all of them seriously,” he said.

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

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