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Bomb Threat Hoax Targets WBOC, Other Businesses and Schools Across U.S.

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Police cars outside WBOC's Salisbury offices after the station received a bomb threat on Thursday afternoon. (Photo: WBOC) Police cars outside WBOC's Salisbury offices after the station received a bomb threat on Thursday afternoon. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- WBOC’s Salisbury offices had to be evacuated Thursday afternoon because of a bomb threat hoax that authorities say has targeted other businesses on Delmarva as well as many other locations across the country. 

The threat was received at around 2:30 p.m. Salisbury police responded to WBOC and brought in three bomb-sniffing dogs to search both the inside and outside of the premises. Just before 4 p.m., police gave the all-clear and allowed employees back inside. 

WBOC was not alone as authorities say bomb threats were sent to dozens of businesses, government offices, schools, universities and other locations across the U.S., including on Delmarva. 

Beebe Medical Center, in Lewes, Delaware, received a similar bomb threat at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Lewes Police Chief Thomas Spell. Beebe's school of nursing was evacuated and after a sweep of the premises found nothing, people were allowed back inside and the hospital returned to normal operations.  Other media outlets report that Avery Hall Insurance Co. in Salisbury, also received a similar bomb threat to which police also responded.

In additionally, a business reported a bomb threat in Seaford, Delaware. According to Seaford police, officers were on the scene at a business on the 1900 block of Bridgeville Highway for the threat it received in an email. Police said they quickly learned this threat was also a part of the nationwide hoax, but swept the building and did not find a bomb. 

Bayhealth in Delaware also received a similar emailed bomb threat, according to officials. 

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

Some of the emails had the subject line: "Think Twice." 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. The bomb threat WBOC received also demanded payment in the form of 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."

Other law enforcement agencies also dismissed the threats, which reported were written in a choppy style reminiscent of the Nigerian prince email scam.

A bomb-sniffing dog outside Salisbury's offices. (Photo: WBOC)
 
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