A wave of bomb threats emailed Thursday to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the U.S. triggered searches, evacuations and fear - but there were no signs of explosives, and authorities said the scare appeared to be a crude extortion attempt. Sgt. Seth Tyler said the Chandler Police Department's Criminal Investigations Bureau is continuing to investigate, but the business is now open and operating as normal. CBS News reports that the threats demand a Bitcoin payment and appear to be either extortion or just attempts to cause disruption.
"We are working to determine the validity of the threats", said a spokeswoman.
Calgary police have determined the multiple bomb threats sent out are a hoax and believe there is no threat to public safety.
Police said emailed threats were received by individuals at Rider Building, University Park Airport, Tyson Building, Johnston/Findlay Commons in East Halls, the Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building, Henning Building, Redifer Commons and the Greenburg Complex.
Several police departments have said that bitcoin was demanded as payment in the threats.
Police across the GTA have also received several reports of bomb threats.
Update: Penn State police issued an "all-clear" at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Report has the threat coming via email to DPW offices at 100 Western Avenue, according to employees who contacted SOURCE.
A representative of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said the agency had gotten word of at least 14 local instances of the threats. These threats are also being reported to other locations nationwide and are not considered credible at this time. "They are not targeted toward any one specific sector".
There have been no detonations, and authorities have said the threats do not appear to be credible.
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Other threats have been reported around the country, leading to police investigations and evacuations.