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Hoax bomb threats received nationwide

Hoax bomb threats received nationwide
photo courtesy Wyoming Highway Patrol shows bomb sniffing dogs examining West Elementary School in Wheatland.

Businesses and schools across the U.S. were evacuated because of a bomb threat hoax. Those include threats received in Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado.

Troopers with the Nebraska State Patroland many other agencies have responded to several bomb threats in communities around Nebraska today. No devices have been found and the threats are believed to be associated with others reported through the nation today.

The Nebraska Information Analysis Center, led by NSP, has been in contact with the FBI as well as law enforcement agencies in numerous other states since the first reports of bomb threats in the region.

At this point, there are no reports that any explosive device has been found associated with these threats. NSP is aware of numerous threats made in Omaha, Lincoln, McCook, Peru, Fremont, Falls City, and Dewitt. None of those threats are deemed to be credible.

NSP and NIAC are working with federal authorities to determine the origin of the threats.

Around 11:30 a.m. this morning, the Wyoming Highway Patrol Explosive K-9 team were requested to assist Wheatland Police Department for a reported bomb threat. The threat was specific to the West Elementary School located in Wheatland, Wyoming.

The K-9 team responded from Cheyenne and deployed their bomb dogs around the campus. Students were moved to a nearby middle school for safety precautions. No suspicious devices were located, and the students and staff were allowed back into the school around 1:45 p.m.

The Platte County Sheriff’s Department and Wyoming Highway Patrol assisted with the incident. The Wheatland Police Department is investigating the threat.

In Colorado, authorities say there is no threat to Columbine High School, but students were kept inside for the rest of the school day after someone called in a bomb threat against the school. A spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, Mike Taplin, said that a person called Thursday morning, claiming to have placed explosive devices in the school and to be hiding outside with a gun. Taplin says nothing to validate the threat was found at the school, which receives many threats each year.

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