BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Several law enforcement agencies across Western New York are investigating multiple bomb threats Thursday afternoon.
According to Buffalo Police, bomb threats have been emailed to the law offices of Lipsitz, Green, Scime and Cambria on Delaware Avenue, the Catholic Health building on Genesee St, the Ellicott Square Building and possibly other locations. The buildings have been evacuated and are being searched.
Police say all the threats came in the form of emails. The Joint Terrorism Task Force has been activated to assist in the investigation.
In addition to the threats in Buffalo, Niagara University in Lewiston and Niagara County Community College in Sanborn have been targeted. Niagara University released a statement on the situation -
This afternoon a number of members of the university community received an email that threatened the university.
Dozens of other institutions across the state and country have received this same or similar emails, all requesting a financial transaction, and based on consultation with law enforcement we now know that this is not a credible threat.
We have notified our campus community of this incident.
University at Buffalo reports some departments received threats connected to the others across Western New York and the country. Those have been determined to be false.
Some UB departments have received bomb threats demanding payment in bitcoin. These threats appear to be connected to fraudulent targeting of institutions nationwide. So far, all such threats have been determined to be false. For more info go to https://t.co/YIvvYAO1Tm— UBuffaloPolice (@UBuffaloPolice) December 13, 2018
As of Thursday afternoon, police say people are being let back into buildings in Buffalo.
Reports say the bomb threats were sent by email to businesses and organizations across the country. All are believed to be a hoax.
FBI statement on recent bomb threats made across the country: pic.twitter.com/lOXnwtBZqB— FBI (@FBI) December 13, 2018
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