Emailed Bomb Threats a Nationwide Hoax, Officials Say

STOCKTON -- Law enforcement agencies across Northern California say emailed bomb threats that have shown up in inboxes Thursday are a part of a nationwide hoax.

The email demands $20,000 in Bitcoin and suggests an explosive is hidden somewhere in the building. If the demands aren't met, the email states the explosive will be detonated.

Schools, businesses and government agencies in Sacramento, San Joaquin, Placer, Solano and El Dorado counties have received the email. Other cities across the country have also gotten it.

Some businesses were evacuated as a precaution.

“So we are making contact with the business owners, just to make sure that there’s not that extra level or there’s not something that we’re missing. And it also allows us to educate them on what to do if this ever does happen and it is something real," Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Shaun Hampton said. "But we are encouraging folks to utilize any protocols that their businesses may have in place at this point, just to make sure that they follow those and they contact law enforcement to make sure we’re aware because it is important that we get all the facts and get all the information when these instances do occur.”

The FBI issued a statement on the threats later Thursday:

“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.” 

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