MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On Tuesday afternoon, Miami Beach police said it had evacuated their headquarters on Washington Avenue, while bomb detection K9s “alerted to an area of their department.”
Miami-Dade police bomb squad was also responding to the scene.
Commuters were urged to avoid the area and were prompted to used Collins Avenue or Meridian Avenue as an alternative.
The all clear was given shortly before 7 p.m.
UPDATE: Miami Beach and Hialeah K9 Officers searched the building with the assistance of @MiamiDadePD’s Bomb Squad. The building has been cleared and deemed safe. We will resume normal operations shortly.
— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) July 23, 2019
Meanwhile, City of Miami police detectives were searching for an individual they say made ‘specific threats’ against law enforcement.
“This one was specifically targetted toward the police department,” said City of Miami Police Commander Freddie Cruz.
“For us, it is very serious in nature. Our officers are vigilant.”
“Our investigations section is actively investigating to see if these threats are viable. This individual will be facing some very serious charges.”
Referring to the wanted person, Cruz said, “He threatened the safety of officers in law enforcement.”
Police said they received the threats Tuesday morning via a phone call to a 911 dispatcher.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-8477 or (305) 471-TIPS.