UPDATE: FBI Investigating nationwide bomb threats including several in Midlands
Columbia, SC (WOLO) — The FBI is looking into a series of bomb threats nationwide and some of them are right here in the Midlands. The Federal Bureau of Investigation released this message via twitter just a short time ago about their ongoing investigation.
FBI statement on recent bomb threats made across the country: pic.twitter.com/lOXnwtBZqB
— FBI (@FBI) December 13, 2018
The Columbia Police Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and Lexington Sheriff’s Department spent a good portion of Thursday night looking into more than a dozen bomb threats that were emailed to authorities. So far, none of the incidents proved credible but all law enforcement agencies we spoke with say they’re taking the threat “seriously.”
Columbia police confirm K-9 was being used to sweep locations at 1530 Richland Street, 1812 Assembly street, and 1812 Lincoln Street, the Township Auditorium on Taylor Street another bomb threat at 1612 Marion Street where no hazardous materials have been found and at this point.
Cont’d: CPD takes such threats seriously. An email containing a bomb threat is circulating to locations in Columbia & across the country asking for bitcoin payment. CPD is conducting searches & NO device/hazardous materials have been found.
— Columbia Police Dept (@ColumbiaPDSC) December 13, 2018
The Lexington Sheriff’s department has also now confirmed at least two reported bomb threats, but say they have cleared the scene and found no threats at the unspecified locations.
— Adam Myrick (@adam_myrick) December 13, 2018
Stay with ABC Columbia News for updates on this developing story.