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Charlotte man arrested in connection to state Capitol building bomb threat

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

An Eaton County man is under arrest after allegedly phoning in a bomb threat to the Michigan State Capitol Thursday morning.

48-year-old Michael Varrone of Charlotte allegedly called the state Capitol building around 6:40 a.m.

Investigators claim the caller claimed people “needed to evacuate because the building was going to explode.”

No explosive device was found. The state Capitol building was closed for a few hours while state police troopers searched the building.

The bomb threat came a day after pro-Trump extremists overran the Capitol building in Washington D.C. 

Following the bomb threat, the Michigan State Police said the building was closed “out of an abundance of caution.”

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.