Law enforcement authorities around the United States on Thursday were responding to a wave of bomb threats that demanded bitcoin and targeted schools, hospitals and businesses.
In a statement released just after 3 p.m. ET, the FBI said it was “aware of the recent bomb threats made in cities around the country, and we remain in touch with our law enforcement partners to provide assistance.”
In New York City, Bronx Science said it evacuated its building at 11 a.m. after it received a bomb threat by phone. The school said students were “well supervised at neighboring schools.”
The New York police department confirmed it received a call about the threat and responded to the school. The department later tweeted it was monitoring “multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various locations throughout the city.”
Later, the NYPD tweeted that “there is an email being circulated containing a bomb threat asking for bitcoin payment. While this email has been sent to numerous locations, searches have been conducted and NO DEVICES have been found.”
It continued: “At this time, it appears that these threats are meant to cause disruption and/or obtain money. We’ll respond to each call regarding these emails to conduct a search but we wanted to share this information so the credibility of these threats can be assessed as likely NOT CREDIBLE.”
Nearly a dozen threats were received at businesses throughout South Florida, including in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. At least three others were reported in Orlando.
Massachusetts State Police are investigating after multiple bombs threats were allegedly mailed to “numerous businesses in the state.” Authorities said the MSP Fusion Center is tracking the activity.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department was working a number of threats called in from San Marcos, Vista and Lakeside, all small communities north and east of downtown San Diego. All appear to be private businesses, deputies said.
As of noon PT, the San Diego Police Department said it had received reports of threats from 11 locations within city limits.
One reporting party stated he was told to provide $20,000 or a bomb would be detonated.
An employee at a Chicago-area hospital told authorities they received an email about a bomb threat to the building Thursday around noon. Police confirmed they were responding to the report but did not provide more details. Other reports of bomb threats began surfacing on social media in the Chicago area but those incidents could not immediately be confirmed.
State police in Connecticut were investigating what they called several “suspicious incidents” across the state, including at a school in Griswold, the National Shooting Association and a plaza in Seymour.
Employees at the Jewish Community Center and multiple branches of the Fire Credit Union in San Francisco were evacuated after reports of emailed bomb threats, NBC Bay Area reported. Police are investigating.
At least two dozen threats were being tracked in Los Angeles, according to law enforcement sources. Also in Southern California, police received a report of a possible bomb threat that was emailed to a Redondo Beach business in the 3700 block of Redondo Beach Boulevard. The building has been evacuated, according to police.
In Maryland, Montgomery County police confirmed Thursday that they were handling several reports of bomb threats across the county. Threats also were reported in that region in Maryland and Washington D.C.
A spokesman for the Oklahoma City police told NBC News that individuals in and around that city have gotten 10 to 13 specific email bomb threats, with specific addresses.
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Source: NBC San Diego