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WESTMINSTER, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Carroll County authorities say they’ve charged a 13-year-old girl with making a false threat to blow up a middle school.

The sheriff’s office says the threat against West Middle School was contained in a note Tuesday. The school was evacuated, but the threat was determined to be a hoax and students returned to class by noon.

The child, whose name has not been released, was charged as a juvenile with making a false statement about a destructive device.

The sheriff’s office says that threat appears unrelated to another bomb threat Tuesday that led to the shutdown of the county’s Circuit and District Court buildings. The threat was deemed to be a hoax.

Col. Phil Kasten of the county sheriff’s office says the county received a call around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday from someone claiming to have left an explosive device in one of the courthouse buildings.

The circuit and district courts were evacuated as authorities and K-9 teams from several police agencies searched the buildings. Traffic in the area was stopped for about five hours.

Kasten says both courts are expected to resume their regular schedules on Wednesday.

Law enforcement officials around the country are on heightened alert following Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.

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