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Bomb threats emailed to multiple locations across Virginia, the US

Posted at 3:18 PM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-13 17:09:17-05

Dozens of institutions across the country, including multiple jurisdictions in Virginia, received email threats Thursday afternoon, causing evacuations and sweeps of buildings.

At this time it unclear if the threats are connected. The FBI said it is aware of the threats and is working with law enforcement to provide assistance.

Threats have been reported in Central Virginia at the following locations as of 4 p.m.:


700 East Broad
800 East Main Street

Chesterfield County

Police said several businesses have received threats.

"Businesses in Cfield have reported receiving bomb threats by email requesting bitcoin," officials posted on Twitter. "So far, no threats appear to be credible. If you got an email like this you can call 748-1269."

Henrico County 

40 Magnolia Farm Road

Hanover County

Police said three threats have been reported in Hanover County.

In the Hampton Roads, police also responded to multiple bomb threats Thursday afternoon.


Keim Center, 2121 Colonial Avenue
Chrysler Museum, 245 W. Olney Road
World Trade Center, 1010 W. Main Street
SL Nusbaum Realty, 440 Monticello Avenue
Dominion Tower, 999 Waterside Drive
2000 block of Kenlake Place
Shepherds Way, 805 Park Avenue

Virginia Beach

Hebrew Academy
Atlantic Bay Mortgage Company, Lynnhaven Parkway
Hilton Oceanfront, Atlantic Avenue

Newport News

City Hall
Interstate Warehouse, Hardwood Drive
Advantage Auto, Jefferson Avenue
City Center, Towne Center Drive


2500 block Detroit Street at AB Stowe Incorporated


Multiple locations

York County

2400 Fort Eustis Boulevard

City Hall – 500 City Hall Avenue
830 Poquoson Avenue
All of the threats were made via email, police said.

Norfolk Police and Fire Rescue have responded to the following locations:

Keim Center, 2121 Colonial Ave – 1:35 p.m.
World Trade Center, 101 W. Main St – 1:43 p.m.
SL Nusbaum, 440 Monticello – 1:51 p.m.
Chrysler Museum, 245 W. Only Rd – 2:18 p.m.
Dominion Tower, 999 Waterside Dr – 2:36 p.m.
2000 block of Kenlake Pl (home-based business) 2:33 p.m.
Shephards Way, 805 Park Av – 2:49 p.m.

Across the Nation 

Authorities said each location received the same email, which prompted the businesses to call Norfolk Police. So far, no threat has been found at any of the locations.

The FBI issued the following statement regarding the issue:

"We are aware of the recent bomb threats made in cities around the country, including in Hampton Roads, 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 Seattle, UW noted in a campus-wide alert that the FBI had "advised that the email is not a credible threat."

The university concluded sweeps of possibly affected buildings.

The Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia, Washington and the Park Record newspaper in Park City, Utah, also received similarly threatening emails. People have been allowed back inside buildings at those locations, according to tweets on their verified Twitter accounts.

In California, the Riverside Sheriff's Office had "an influx of email threats" and is taking them seriously, although no threat has been substantiated.

The San Francisco Police Department responded to reports of bomb threats at locations throughout the city.

"We have received information that several other cities across the United States have received similar threats," police said.

Pennsylvania State Police are "investigating some bomb threats in the eastern part of the state," a spokesman for the department tells CNN.

"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," the university said in a statement. "Police say this does not appear to be a legitimate threat, however, an investigation is ongoing."