Wichita Receives Six Bomb Threats In Wave Of Threats Across The Nation

The City of Wichita Kansas was one of over a dozen different cities across the nation to receive multiple bomb threats on Thursday

  • Sedgwick County dispatchers say a total of six bomb threats were made around the City of Wichita

  • Columbine High School received a phone call claiming bombs were inside the building and the caller was hiding outside with a gun

  • Some of the threats around hte country were demanding bitcoin payments of $20,000 to stop the bombs from detonating

On Thursday, Wichita Kansas was one of many cities across the nation to receive multiple bomb threats. Law enforcement around the country believe the threats are related to a phishing scam or a flat-out hoax.

Sedgwick County dispatchers say six bomb threats were received across Wichita. The threats were directed at Greenwich & 26th St., West & 31st St. S., Custer & Maxwell, Harry & Grove, Webb & Greenbriar, and Douglas & New York. Great Bend, Kansas also evacuated three facilities after receiving similar bomb threats.

Cities around the country reported receiving bomb threats via email and phone calls. The FBI made a statement saying they are aware of the threats made across the country and stated they were assisting local law enforcement agencies with investigations.

[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.

In New York City, police tweeted they were monitoring multiple bomb threats across the city. The tweet went on to say threats were not considered credible at that time. According to local officials, there was an investigation into “multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various locations throughout the city.”

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 & are NOT considered credible at this time.

Two tweets from the New York Police Department later stated the bomb threats were part of a chain of emails being sent and requesting bitcoin payments. Police said no devices were found and the threats were “meant to cause disruption and/or obtain money.”

A spokesman for the Oklahoma City Police Department said at least 10 bomb threats were sent to different businesses around the city and state. One threat was sent to a business inside the Will Rogers World Airport, but officials said the airport received no threats and ran as usual. Edmund, Oklahoma received at least five bomb threats. Authorities asked for anyone who received a threat to save it to turn over for the investigation.

Our investigators are responding to each call, gathering the information and forwarding to the FBI who has opened a case and investigating. We ask that anyone who receives an email bomb threat save it and call 911 so an investigator can respond and add the information to the ongoing investigation.

Massachusetts State Police also sent out a tweet related to a wave of bomb threats. The Boston Police Department separately confirmed the Boston Opera House was one of the recipients of the threats. A tweet from MSP read, “local departments are responding in their communities.”

MSP Fusion Center tracking multiple bomb threats emailed to numerous businesses in the state. MSP Bomb Squad notified and local departments are responding in their communities. Similar threats have been received in other states. We will share more info when available.

Shortly after, MSP tweeted that partner agencies on both a local and federal level were “conducting risk assessment procedures” but continued to say no indications of explosives had been made at that point.

MSP and partner agencies on federal and local levels are conducting risk assessment procedures regarding the threats and will determine appropriate responses. NO indications of any explosives located or detonated to this point. We will continue to communicate info when available.

In Florida, at least twenty bomb threats were made in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement that said the threats were not being considered credible at the time.

We are currently monitoring multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various locations throughout the county. Those threats are also being reported to other locations nationwide & are NOT considered credible at this time.

In Colorado, Columbine High School received a bomb threat which resulted in 23 high schools being placed on lockdown. Mike Taplin with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said at 9:20 am a call was received claiming there were “multiple explosive devices” placed inside the school and the caller was hiding outside with a gun.

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In San Francisco, employees at a Jewish Community Center and multiple branches of Fire Credit Union had to evacuate employees due to reports of bomb threats at multiple locations. The San Francisco Police Department tweeted they had responded to multiple bomb threats across the city after the threats began coming in at 10:00 am Thursday morning.

At approximately 10AM this morning #SFPD responded to reports of bomb threats at numerous locations throughout the city. SFPD is responding to each location. We have received information that several other cities across the United States have received similar threats.

San Jose, Oakland, Santa Rosa, Petaluma Police also reported receiving bomb threats. Some of the emails also included a request for $20,000 in Bitcoin to stop the bombs from detonating.

The South Elgin, Illinois, Police Department also said emails were received that demanded: “$20,000.00 to a bitcoin account by the end of the business day in order to stop the alleged threat.” Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois, tweeted they had received a bomb threat believed to be non-credible.

The bomb threat at Rush Copley has been deemed not credible by authorities. Patient care has not been comprised and normal activities continue.

DC, Maryland and Virginia also joined the list of areas that received the bomb threats. Police in DC said bombs were reportedly at five different locations around the nation’s capital. Mayor Muriel Bowser said, “This is an issue that is being reported in other cities nationwide and is not considered credible at this time.”

In Cincinnati police brought in a canine to search Child Focus on Aicholtz Road and the Cincinnati Nature Center located in Union Township. Cincinnati police said they were monitoring several bomb threats made on Thursday.

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