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Man charged with making bomb threat at IRS building in Miami

Morris Whitehead claimed building 'was going to go up in smoke,' complaint alleges

MIAMI – A South Florida man has been charged in connection with a bomb scare at a federal building in downtown Miami.

Morris Whitehead, 53, was charged with willfully making a telephone threat to unlawfully damage or destroy a building by means of fire or an explosive.

According to the criminal complaint, Whitehead called the FBI office in South Florida on Monday and indicated that the IRS building in Miami "should be evacuated within two hours because it was going to go up in smoke."

Whitehead was arrested later that day and admitted to making the call, the complaint alleges.

"Threats to federal buildings are taken extremely seriously and we will continue to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law any attempts to disrupt the proper functioning of government and endanger the community," Wifredo Ferrer, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, said in a statement.

Whitehead is scheduled to be arraigned May 5.

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