From: ABC 25
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Just a day after the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, several downtown West Palm Beach government offices were evacuated because of a suspicious vehicle in the federal courthouse parking lot.
West Palm Beach police said the federal courthouse, a state health department building and a post office were evacuated Monday morning.City spokesman Chase Scott said a bomb-sniffing dog detected the “possibility of explosives” in a U-Haul truck in the federal courthouse parking lot. Authorities were alerted to the truck because of some “anti-law enforcement graffiti on the side,” Scott said.Written on the side of the U-Haul truck is, “Google EDGAR BUSHEY. FRANK BAKER, PBSO LIED AND DID NO INVESTIGATION.”Scott said the truck was left vacant there for at least one day.The bomb squad and Homeland Security officials were also at the scene.Police blocked off several downtown intersections, including Banyan Boulevard and Parker Avenue, and hundreds of people gathered along the streets during the investigation.
“They said there was something suspicious, so we got out,” Mildred Willes said.The American Red Cross provided a temporary cooling shelter for those workers who were forced out of their buildings at its downtown headquarters.No explosives were found inside the truck. Authorities also conducted a sweep of the courthouse, and people were allowed back inside their buildings.”It was a prompt, vigorous and good response,” Scott said.The truck was eventually towed from the scene.Bushey, who used to live and work in Delray Beach, is a convicted sexual predator, WPBF 25 News has learned.