OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Several Omaha and Lincoln locations were among those across the country receiving automated bomb threats on Thursday afternoon that authorities said appear to have been part of a nationwide hoax.
The Omaha Police Department received 10 reports of bomb threat emails that had been received. None involved federal buildings. OPD planned to do sweeps of buildings from which they received reports.
According to OPD, the following Omaha locations received threats:
- St John Paul II - 1221 S. 71st. (UNO dorm)
- First Tier bank - 10655 Bedford Ave
- Keystone properties - 11606 Nicholas St.
- Certified Transmission - 1801 S. 54th St.
- St Vincent Depaul school - 14430 W. Maple Rd.
- Boys Town Hospital - 555 N. 30th St.
- Central Park Plaza - 222 S. 15th St.
- Green Plains, Inc - 1811 Aksarben Dr.
- Vetter health services - 20220 Harney St.
- Title Boxing - 3525 N. 147 Ave.
The department issued a news release Thursday afternoon reading as follows:
The Omaha Police Department is aware of the email thread circulating regarding bomb threats at various locations to include businesses and schools. Our department is investigating the threats. Officers are responding to the calls and have not located anything suspicious. If you received the email and feel that you are in danger, call 911 and our officers will check your business or residence.
The Omaha Police Department is working with federal authorities. These threats are being received via email nationwide.
Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Lincoln Police crews investigated at least eight reports of bomb threats.
Lincoln bomb technicians with City of Lincoln confirm they've investigated threats at two schools in Lincoln: St. Peter's Catholic School and Blessed Sacrament Catholic School.
A threat was received at the KOLN News building.
The threats were received by email and appear to be form letters, LPD said.
A number of businesses countrywide have received a similar threat.
Lincoln Police said the threats may be part of a larger scam.
Law enforcement has not verified the credibility of any of the threats.
The Nebraska State Patrol released the following information:
Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) and many other agencies have responded to several bomb threats in communities around Nebraska today. No devices have been found and the threats are believed to be associated with others reported through the nation today.
The Nebraska Information Analysis Center (NIAC), led by NSP, has been in contact with the FBI as well as law enforcement agencies in numerous other states since the first reports of bomb threats in the region.
At this point, there are no reports that any explosive device has been found associated with these threats. NSP is aware of numerous threats made in Omaha, Lincoln, McCook, Peru, Fremont, Falls City, and Dewitt. None of those threats are deemed to be credible.
NSP and NIAC are working with federal authorities to determine the origin of the threats.