Incident prompts evacuation, closure of Jamestown City Hall Tuesday morning

An incident at Jamestown City Hall prompted the building to close Tuesday morning and the nearby areas to be evacuated.

Jamestown Police Chief Jeff Kerns told WJRS News that a local citizen was cleaning a residence when she came upon a live rifle round, possibly belonging to a .50 caliber rifle, and brought the round to the police department to be properly disposed of.

In talking with the resident, she made a comment that she was told it contained a liquid that could kill several people if it exploded, prompting police to secure the area and evacuate nearby buildings including city hall.

Kerns said the comment was not malicious and no threat was made.

To take extra precaution, Kentucky State Police Post 15 was called to help secure the area and make sure there was no imminent danger.

The area was cleared around 10 a.m. and city hall was able to reopen.

Kerns said there is an ongoing investigation as part of the incident, but reiterated that no threat was made and there was no malicious intent behind the incident.

The Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Jamestown Fire Department, Russell County Emergency Management, and Kentucky State Police all assisted at the scene and Russell Springs authorities were on standby to assist if needed.

Law enforcement and other emergency officials were at Jamestown City Hall Tuesday morning to investigate a possible dangerous object.
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