Bernalillo County Courthouse closes Tuesday afternoon

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Bernalillo County Courthouse was closed on Tuesday afternoon after a “burning odor” was going through the building.

Chief Judge Nan Nash ordered the closure. All offices of the District Court were closed.

Officials say the source of the smell was a melted or burned air conditioning belt. Officials don’t believe there is a health threat.

Employees, visitors and most jurors were sent home as a precaution.

The District Court is expected to reopen on Wednesday morning according to officials. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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