NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Police are investigating multiple reports of bomb threats at various locations across the Hampton Roads region.
According to a tweet from NBC News, there were threats reported nationwide at “news outlets, government buildings, banks, libraries, schools and other businesses.”
More than a dozen bomb threats were reported in Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina.
Thus far, all reported threats came via email. WAVY-TV’s sister station talked to Rick Shipkowski, at the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. He said emails received statewide and nationwide were traced to a Russian IP address and appeared to be a hoax or a scam. They lacked specifics and the English was not very good. They all demanded money, $20,000 US in bitcoin.
Two locations received threats via email in Chesapeake, according to the fire department. One was at a corporate building on Executive Boulevard just before 1:30 p.m., and the other came shortly before 2 p.m. at the Central Library.
Daniel Hudson with Norfolk police said officers and firefighters responded to multiple locations Thursday afternoon. Crews are investigating, but Hudson said no credible threat has been found so far.
A total of seven locations in Norfolk received the same email, according to Hudson:
- Keim Center, 2121 Colonial Avenue, 1:35 p.m.
- World Trade Center, 101 W. Main St, at 1:43 p.m.
- SL Nusbaum, 440 Monticello Avenue, at 1:51 p.m.
- Chrysler Museum of Art, 245 W. Only Road, at 2:18 p.m.
- Dominion Tower, 999 Waterside Drive, at 2:36 p.m.
- 2000 block of Kenlake Pl (home-based business), at 2:33 p.m.
- Shephards Way, 805 Park Avenue, at 2:49 p.m.
A spokesperson with the FBI office in Norfolk released the following statement in regards to the multiple bomb threats:
“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.”
Lt. B. K. Hall with Portsmouth says A.D. Stowe, Inc. on Detroit Street has been evacuated due to an emailed bomb threat. Portsmouth dispatch received a call about the threat just after 1:30 p.m.
A Virginia Beach police spokesperson says three separate bomb threats were emailed into separate locations.
The first was at the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater around 1:10 p.m., the second at Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group on Lynnhaven Parkway around 1:45 p.m. and the third was at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront at 2:15 p.m.
A Newport News city official says 10 locations, including government offices and private businesses, were emailed bomb threats. All were unfounded.
Newport News City Hall was one of the 10 locations and it was evacuated for a short period of time.
Two bomb threats were sent via email to local businesses in Hampton around 2:24 p.m., according a spokesperson with the Hampton Police Division. One was sent to Catalina Cylinders in the 2400 block of Aluminum Avenue and the second was sent to Rock Solid Janitorial Inc. in the 2700 block of West Mercury Boulevard.
Hampton Police say they did a sweep of both locations and did not find any devices or dangerous materials.
The Suffolk Fire Marshal’s Office says similar email threats were sent to various Suffolk Public Schools’ email accounts on Thursday, but were not found to be credible.
According to a tweet from the Poquoson Library, both the Poquoson City Hall and the library were evacuated and closed due to a bomb threat.
In response to a bomb threat City Hall and the Library has been evacuated and will be closed until further notice.— Poquoson Library (@PoquosonLibrary) December 13, 2018
Deputy Chief Tim Riley with the Currituck Fire Department said the welcome centers in Currituck and Corolla both received threats Thursday afternoon. Both buildings were evacuated as a precaution before they were cleared.