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Several Bomb Threat Emails Reported to Fresno Police

A GV Wire reporter received a bomb threat via email Thursday morning, and it was reported to the Fresno Police Department. The agency said that other threatening emails were reported Thursday as well.

FBI Says ‘Remain Vigilant’

As word of the threatening messages spread Thursday, the FBI said in a statement that it was “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.”
Other law enforcement agencies and academic institutions echoed the message from the New York police. A spokesman for the Chicago police said that city had received threats similar to the others, but he noted that there was “no elevated threat level” there.

11 Threats Received in One Hour in Washington, D.C.

In the nation’s capital, police said they received 11 emailed bomb threats between about 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. that law enforcement authorities attributed to the same situation echoing across the nation.
The San Francisco police said they responded to threats received at about 10 a.m. local time across the city, noting that there were “similar threats” in “several other cities across the United States.”
The police in Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s second-largest city, said businesses there received “what appears to be a robo-email saying there is a bomb threat to their business unless they pay money in Bitcoins.” But, the department added, it “found no credible evidence any of these emails are authentic.”

Newspapers Evacuate Their Buildings

News outlets also reported that they had to evacuate their buildings due to the threats. The Park Record building in Utah was evacuated after staffers received the message, the outlet reported, while the News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C., also reported that it was forced to evacuate its building.
Academic institutions were not immune. A spokeswoman for Pennsylvania State University said the campus police, along with the FBI, were “investigating a message received by individuals in multiple locations on campus and across the state.” She said the message on campus was sent via email to eight buildings or facilities there.
“At this time, police say the threat appears to be part of a national hoax, however, an investigation is ongoing,” the spokeswoman said.
The University of Washington said it was “investigating threatening emails sent to individuals on campus” and swept buildings before the campus police “determined there is no safety concern.” The school said the FBI had “advised that the email is not a credible threat.”
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The Washington Post’s Peter Hermann and Devlin Barrett contributed to this report.

Author Information: Mark Berman covers national news for The Washington Post. He has been at The Post since 2007 and previously covered transportation and local news.