CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Authorities in North and South Carolina were investigating multiple bomb threats on Thursday, which were proven to be part of a nationwide hoax.
CMPD said there were at least 16 addresses in the Charlotte area where these threats were reported. They say the threats were "unsubstantiated."
The Children Family Services building on E 5th St. was evacuated Thursday afternoon when the fire alarm went off. Patrons in the building thought there was a fire, but later learned they were asked to exit because of the threats.
CMPD is actively investigating multiple unsubstantiated bomb threats in the Charlotte area. At this time, there are similar reports happening in other cities across the country. We’ll continue to release information as it becomes available. pic.twitter.com/eC9nMbxcGa— CMPD News (@CMPD) December 13, 2018
In York County, the Sheriff's Office say three bomb threats were received via email. The areas to which the threats were made were cleared, according to Sheriff's deputies.
Emailed bomb threats were also made in Boone. Officers have responded to a number of them across the city and deemed that they are hoaxes.
Authorities say there have been reports of similar threats taking place in other cities up and down the east coast, and they are expecting to deal with the issue for some time.
We are aware of recent bomb threats made in cities around the country & remain in touch w/ our law enforcement partners to provide assistance. As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant & to report suspicious activities that could represent a threat to public safety.— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) December 13, 2018
The New York City Police Department was also investigating bomb threats, and say they believe the threats 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, schools were closed early and others were evacuated because of the threats. Penn State University notified students via a campus alert. Near Atlanta, people were ushered out of a courthouse.
The suspect or suspects behind this are demanding money or they say they will set off the bombs.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.