OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — On Thursday, bomb threats were emailed to hospitals, businesses, schools and government buildings from coast to coast.
No devices have been found in the wave of threats. The FBI is now investigating the cases.
Oklahoma City police responded to at least a dozen bomb threat calls across the city. There were five in Edmond and several cases in Tulsa, as well.
Officers didn't find the threats to be credible, but they took each one seriously.
When accountant Douglas Holsted got the threat today, he thought it was one of the many spam emails his Oklahoma City office receives.
"Usually they say something like, we’re going to talk to all your customers and tell them bad things about you," Holsted said. "I’ve never seen one that said, 'I planted a bomb in your building, I’m going to blow it up if you don’t pay me.' That part surprised me."
The email requested $20,000 in Bitcoin by the end of the day.
Even though it appeared to be a hoax, Holsted didn't want to take the risk, especially since Cox Holsted & Associations shares an office building with several other businesses. He reported it to Oklahoma City police.
"They were here pretty quickly," he said.
No devices were found at the locations targeted. Law enforcement agencies say everyone who reported the email threats did the right thing. If you got the message, save it and call 911.
The FBI released this statement on the bomb threats across 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.
This is a developing story.