News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 6, 2008

Police respond to bomb threat at Obama Terre Haute headquarters

Offices in three cities searched

Staff report

TERRE HAUTE — Obama campaign workers were back on the job soon after Indiana State Police swept his Terre Haute headquarters for bombs after a reported threat Tuesday afternoon.

About 3:45 p.m., Trooper Jason Schoffstall said police did not find anything suspicious inside the candidate’s Wabash Avenue headquarters.

According to Schoffstall, an anonymous call was made to WTHI television station earlier in the afternoon reporting that bombs had been placed at Obama’s Terre Haute and other cities’ headquarters. The FBI and Secret Service were notified, he said.

Lewis Robinson of the Secret Service’s office in Indianapolis said the caller made threats against Obama offices in Vincennes, Terre Haute and Evansville.

Workers at the campaign office in Terre Haute were back on the phones by 3:45 p.m.

Obama campaign spokesman Kevin Griffis described the incident as “a pretty despicable and cowardly thing to do.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

The Associated Press contributed to this report.