A wave of emailed bomb threats targeting businesses, schools and other locations across the country had law enforcement agencies on alert Thursday, but there were so far no reports of credible threats being made locally.
A representative for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the agency was aware of the computerized threats — which have been reported in areas such as New York City, San Francisco, Oklahoma City and New England — but there were no specifics about any local impacts or the credibility of the threats.
In Riverside County, a business in Palm Desert was evacuated due to the threat. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement saying it is “one of several (Southern California law enforcement) agencies experiencing an influx of email threats. (The Department) takes these threats very seriously and is conducting an investigation into each threat. At this time no threat has been substantiated.”
That statement echoed one issued by the New York Police Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau, which stated, “We are currently monitoring multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various locations throughout the city. These threats are also being reported to other locations nationwide and are not considered credible at this time.”
One person who received the emailed 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.