An emailed threat made to a Palm Desert business, apparently one of several reported at companies across the country, prompted sheriff’s deputies to evacuate the building Thursday.
The unidentified business, located on Boardwalk Avenue, was evacuated “as a precaution” in response to the emailed threat, according to Sheriff’s Deputy Robyn Flores.
The sheriff’s department issued a statement saying the agency “takes these threats very seriously and is conducting an investigation into each threat,” however, “at this time, no threat has been substantiated.”
No injuries have been reported, but sheriff’s deputies closed the roadway near the business at St. James Place and Cook Street.
Similar emails detailing bomb threats have been reported at various businesses, schools and other locations across the country, but none of the threats have been substantiated so far. There have reports of mass-emailed threats to businesses in areas including New York City, San Francisco, Oklahoma City and New England.
One person who received the threat at an unidentified location posted a copy on Twitter. The threat states there is an explosive device in the company’s building, and it demands a ransom of $20,000 in the internet currency Bitcoin to be paid by the end of the day.