Schools, Businesses Targets Of Nationwide Bomb Threat Hoax

December 13, 2018 - 3:55 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Hundreds of bomb threats believed to be part of a nationwide hoax forced the evacuations of numerous businesses and schools across the country Thursday.

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All 3,000 students at the Bronx High School of Science were evacuated due to a threat and police confirmed there was no bomb after a thorough search of the building. The New York Daily News reports that the school notified parents of the incident in an email sent at 11:25 a.m.

The NYPD said the emailed bomb threats are meant to cause disruption and/or obtain money and are not considered to be credible. The department said the email which was sent to numerous locations across the city contains "a bomb threat asking for bitcoin payment." They confirmed that no devices were found during their searches. 

Last month, the FBI also warned people not to let their guard down when they go online as they’ve seen an increase in false threats.

“We’ve see an uptick of false reporting, or hoax threats that been made online or through social media, through text messaging, emails,” said FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Christopher Stangl.

There was no word if any of the threats made Thursday were connected to previous FBI investigations. 

  

Earlier in the day, the NYPD Counterterrorism unit announced on Twitter that it was monitoring several bomb threats throughout the city.

Additionally, the Nassau County Police Department said it responded to 12 email bomb threat incidents.

In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, police confirmed that multiple businesses also received a “robo-email” saying there was a bomb threat to their buildings.

Similar threats were reported in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Authorities in Palm Beach County, Florida and Boise, Idaho do not believe threats in those areas are credible.

A threat was also called in to Columbine High School in Colorado — where 12 students and a teacher were killed in a mass shooting in April 1999.

The caller claimed to be hiding outside the school with a gun and said there were multiple explosive devices placed in the building. 

A sheriff's office spokesperson said police did not find anything at the school to validate any of the claims.