In a frightening series of events, numerous institutions throughout the United States have found email threats in their inboxes, spurring heightened security and evacuations.
The FBI released a statement in regards to the threats, noting that they are unsure if the threats are related. Some of the targets have been San Francisco, the University of Washington in Seattle, and at Penn State University in Pennsylvania.
“As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety,” the FBI stated.
Some of the locations, like the University of Washington, have already been “advised that the email is not a credible threat.”
Other affected areas like the Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia, Washington and the Park Record newspaper in Park City, Utah also received email threats. Yet employees of these locations have already been allowed back inside the buildings.
Another “influx of email threats” was received at the Riverside Sheriff’s Office in California, yet none of them have been proven.
The Police Department in San Fransisco released a less than comforting statement in response to multiple locations notifying them of threats saying that, “We have received information that several other cities across the United States have received similar threats.”
A spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Police department said officers are “investigating some bomb threats in the eastern part of the state.”
Close by PSU Police also made a statement, “Penn State University Police, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is investigating a message received by individuals in multiple locations on campus and across the state. Police say this does not appear to be a legitimate threat, however, an investigation is ongoing.”
They later proclaimed the threat as a hoax.
Things are worse in Chicago where police reported that in the last few hours, 15-20 email threats have come in.
In response, Director of Communications Anthony Guglielmi tweeted, “#ChicagoPolice are working with federal partners on the investigation, and at this time there is no elevated threat level for the city of Chicago.”
The terror hasn’t limited itself to the United States however, as Canada has also received threats with Vancouver Police Department Sgt. Jason Robillard confirming the information.
Additional threats have also been reported in New York City, Atlanta and Miami.