Austin, Round Rock among locations to receive hoax bomb threats

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A wave of bomb threats were emailed across the country Thursday, including some in Central Texas.

Austin police reported that they have responded to 24 bomb threats today. APD says they have found no devices at any of the locations, but are continuing to monitor the situation. 

According to Round Rock police, eight bomb threats were reported to police. RRPD reports that at least one business and one organization received a threat, and it believes the threats are not credible.

No evacuations were made because of the bomb threats. However, RRPD said officers did visit some of the threatened locations. 

A Bastrop movie theater also received a threat and was evacuated, but it turned out to not be credible.

Blue Skies Aviation at the San Marcos Regional airport received an email that said “an explosive had been hidden in the building and if they evacuated or if police responded the device would be detonated,” and demanded a cryptocurrency payment. Officers swept the area and did not find any suspicious items.

Law enforcement agencies across the country dismissed the threats, saying they were meant to cause disruption and compel recipients into sending money and were not considered credible.

Some of the emails had the subject line: “Think Twice.” They were sent from a spoofed email address. The sender claimed to have had an associate plant a small bomb in the recipient’s building and that the only way to stop him from setting it off was by making an online payment of $20,000 in Bitcoin.

“We are currently monitoring multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various locations throughout the city,” the New York City Police Department’s counterterrorism unit tweeted. “These threats are also being reported to other locations nationwide & are NOT considered credible at this time.”

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