Explosion rocks Bass Lake Courthouse

August 14, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Authorities in Madera County are investigating an explosion near the courthouse in Bass Lake. The Madera County Sheriff's office says some sort of explosive device went off near the back entrance of the courthouse at about 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

No one was in the building at the time but the courthouse was shut for the day. A spokesperson for Cal Fire says the impact of the explosion shattered the building's doors. Deputies say those responsible will face serious charges. Undersheriff Frank Benard said, "Arson of course is a serious felony crime. Making a bomb threat would be considered a terrorist threat as well because this went way beyond someone making a threat to the facility."

Detectives say there are surveillance cameras inside and outside the courthouse. Investigators will sift through that footage in the coming days.

Courthouse administrators tell Action News the court is expected to reopen tomorrow.