PEARL, MS (WLBT) - Bomb threats are being investigated across the country, including at least one in the metro area.
Thursday afternoon, the Pearl Police Department received an email demanding a $20,000 payment be made in bitcoins, a digital currency, by the end of the day or a bomb would be detonated at City Hall.
Per protocol City Hall, the Community Center and the Public Library were immediately evacuated.
Pearl Police Chief, Dean Scott said the FBI were immediately notified. About 45 minutes later, Chief Scott said, the FBI notified him that the threat was non-credible and the all clear was given.
Mississippi Analysis and Information Center with the Office of Homeland Security released the following statement saying:
MSAIC has been advised of a nationwide distribution of an email bomb threat to private businesses, schools, government facilities, and private residences referencing explosive devices at their place of business and demanding a bitcoin payment. The FBI, DHS, and the MS Department of Public Safety have been advised. To date, several locations in Mississippi have received this email. Similar bomb threats have been received in CA, AL, FL, NJ, MI, OH, MA, TN, AZ, TX, CT, WV, and ME.
Brett Carr with the FBI released this statement about the bomb threats that have been being received around the country:
“We are aware of the recent bomb threats made in cities around the country, and we remain in touch with our law enforcement partners to provide assistance. As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety.”
Law enforcement agencies across the county have been responding to a number of bomb threats across the country.
This is a developing story; we will update this as more information becomes available.