NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say bomb threats sent to dozens of schools, universities and other locations across the U.S. appear to be a hoax.
Medford police said on its Facebook page just now that city departments and schools across Southern Oregon have received the threat.
The city of Medford's legal department, public works service center and regional water reclamation facility all received the email. Following standard procedure, staff at the two buildings evacuated and contacted police. Law enforcement determined the email was not credible, and that staff had returned to work as of Thursday afternoon.
The New York City Police Department said the threats sent Thursday 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 Palm Beach County, Florida sheriff’s office and the Boise, Idaho police said they had no reason to believe that threats made to locations in those areas were credible.
Across the country, some schools were closed early and others were evacuated because of the threats. Penn State University noticed students via a campus alert. Near Atlanta, people were ushered out of a courthouse.