Morganton City Hall

The Morganton City Council meeting is rolling on after a bomb threat was called in Monday night.

A bomb threat was made to a city building, but which building was not specified, said Ronnie Rector, chief of Morganton Department of Public Safety.

The building was cleared when the meeting was supposed to start at 6 p.m., giving MDPS officers and department heads a chance to clear the building.

When no threat was found, citizens were allowed to return to the building and the council decided to continue the meeting, Rector said. Rector made it clear that anyone who did not feel comfortable staying at the meeting could leave.

The threat came in at 5:34 p.m., said Maj. Tony Lowdermilk with MDPS. He said the MDPS had to determine which city building could have been the target of the threat and move forward from there.

Rector said city hall was the only city building with a public meeting ongoing.

The threat came the night the city had two new council members take the oath of office: Chris Jernigan and Butch McSwain.

More information will be published as it becomes available.

Chrissy Murphy is a staff writer and can be reached at or at 828-432-8941. Follow @cmurphyMNH on Twitter.

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