NEW YORK (AP) – Authorities say bomb threats sent to dozens of schools, universities and other locations across the U.S. appear to be a hoax.
The New York City Police Department said the threats sent Thursday were meant to cause disruption and compel recipients into sending money and are not considered credible.
Some of the emails had the subject line: “Think Twice.”
Mobile Fire-Rescue crews were called to assist police at the Mobile Convention Center after reports of an emailed bomb threat around 2:20 p.m. Mobile Police on the scene said no one was evacuated from the building.
The Palm Beach County, Florida sheriff’s office and the Boise, Idaho police said they had no reason to believe that threats made to locations in those areas were credible.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana says that ten bomb threats have been received by businesses in the county. In each case, the caller demanded Bitcoin. Hamilton County is just north of Indianapolis.
The FBI’s Indianapolis office issued this statement:
“We are 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. As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety.”
Additionally, TV station WNDU in South Bend was evacuated after receiving a bomb threat.
Across the country, some schools were closed early and others were evacuated because of the threats. Penn State University noticed students via a campus alert. Near Atlanta, people were ushered out of a courthouse.