Mountain City, TN bomb threat cleared; Authorities investigating similar threats around country

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MOUNTAIN CITY, TN (WJHL) – No threat was found at a Mountain City, TN, office after a bomb threat was made there via email.

Mountain City police began investigating that threat to Frontier Health’s Johnson County Counseling Center in Mountain City. Federal agents are reportedly investigating similar threats across the country.

According to Mountain City Police Chief Denver Church, the email writer demanded money and threatened to set off an explosive device inside the building. 

The reported threat in Mountain City was made around 2 this afternoon.

News Channel 11 was told everyone evacuated the building. Johnson City police were called to help with a bomb-detecting dog and the department’s explosive ordinance unit. The building was cleared of any threat just before 5 p.m. Thursday.

ABC News and numerous media outlets are following reports of similar bomb threats made via email across the country, ABC obtained this statement from the FBI.  

The following is a statement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation:

“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.”

Police in Knoxville reported on their Facebook page eight similar incidents in their jurisdiction. And metro police in Nashville reported about seven similar incidents of threats, involving private schools such as St. Cecilia Academy and other local businesses.  

The city of Atlanta has received emailed threats involving businesses and schools across the city, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The New York City Police Department reports there is an email circulating containing a bomb threat and asking for bitcoin payment. Police have conducted searches and no devices have been found. The NYPD says “it appears these threats are meant to cause disruption and/or obtain money.” They are investigating all threats but believe they are not credible. 

ABC News reports a call to the Bronx High School of Science threatened to explode a pipe bomb in 20 minutes unless the school paid $20,000 in bitcoin. The school was cleared but nothing was found.


Similar bomb threats in Boone, NC reported

Police in Boone say they are investigating similar threats in its jurisdiction. Boone police said they and area law enforcement responded to multiple bomb threats Thursday afternoon at three businesses. Boone police said all threats were received by the victims by email. They are listed as follows: 

  • 870 State Farm Road, Blue Ridge Medical Offices
  • 2282 NC Highway 105, Ross Automotive
  • 155 Furman Road, Executive Arts Building

Police said none of the threats were credible “and all were perpetrated in a similar fashion as is currently being reported nationwide.”

News Channel 11 is tracking this story. We’ll post more details as soon as it becomes available.  

A spokesman with the Bureaur of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives said the agency is assisting in investigating the bomb threats as needed.

“The ATF United States Bomb Data Center (USBDC) is monitoring the bomb threats which have occurred today around the country,” the spokesman said in an emailed statement. “ATF Certified Explosives Specialists and explosive canines are working with the state and local bomb squads on a case by case basis.”

 The spokesman said the public can report any information to the ATF via it’s phone app, by way of www.reportit.com or through local law enforcement.

WKRN contributed to this report. 

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