CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Police Department is 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.
According to the AP, businesses and schools across the U.S. were evacuated.
Many of the threats came in the form of an email, demanding $20,000 in bitcoin, a digital currency.
“You must pay me by the end of the working day, if you are late with the transaction the bomb will explode,” the email read. “We arent (sic) terrorists and do not assume any responsibility for acts of terrorism in other places."
Earlier Thursday, Child Focus, Inc. posted there was a report of explosive devices at their facilities. Authorities cleared the offices.
Union Township police do not believe the Child Focus threats were made locally, adding that no suspects have been identified.
Authorities said the threats are not considered credible at this time.
“Bomb threats are most commonly received via phone, but are also made in person, via email, written note, or other means. Every bomb threat is unique and should be handled in the context of the facility or environment in which it occurs. Facility supervisors and law enforcement will be in the best position to determine the credibility of the threat,” police said.
Police say to follow these procedures:
- Remain calm
- Notify authorities immediately
- Notify your facility supervisor, or follow your facility’s standard operating procedure
- Call 911 or your local law enforcement if not facility supervisor is available