Hundreds of bomb threats has officials offering reward

What would you do if you answered the phone and a bomb threat was made on the other line? 

"This place got a bomb threat, this place got a bomb threat, it's a little more scary when it happens to you."

In Burke County, it's become a sad reality in recent weeks as hundreds of bomb threats were made to numerous businesses in Burke County and surrounding areas. 

On Sunday a bomb threat was made at Abele's Restaurant when Amanda Greene was working and her friend took the call. 

"They said there's a bomb in the building get out now, she said 'excuse me?' and they just hung up. They didn't give her a chance to say anything."

This, followed by two more bomb threats on the Fourth of July. 

"We had a line at the door. We told people we had a bomb scare, and not one person left."

Restaurant owner Wayne Abele is also a Burke County Commissioner. He said the community is getting used to the threats, but they're taking a toll on those who protect and serve. 

"It's just killing us, law enforcement, when they can't do things they're supposed to be doing instead of answering all these bomb scares."

Abele said a few months ago his business was robbed, while officials were responding to three separate bomb threats in other parts of town. 

"We don't this time we just don't know who it is."

The District Attorney for Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties said agencies are teaming up for a significant cash reward for information leading the the arrest of anyone responsible. 

For people caught in the middle of the threats, it's not fun playing the waiting game. 

"It's kind of scary...wondering which one is a joke or for real."

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