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Reports of bomb threats around the country; officials say they're not credible

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Posted at 3:05 PM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-13 21:36:29-05

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Dozens of bomb threats came in around the country Thursday, including in South Florida.

Authorities said the threats were not credible.

“We are currently monitoring multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various locations throughout the county," said the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. "These threats are also being reported to other locations nationwide and are not considered credible at this time."

The sales manager at Al Packer Ford at 10601 Southern Boulevard in Palm Beach County said an employee received an e-mail saying there was a device placed in the business and they needed to send money in bitcoins.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office responded and determined it was a hoax, the sales manager said.

Delray Beach and Boca Raton police said there were threats in those cities as well.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office also said it received at least three reports of non-credible threats.

The St. Lucie and Indian River County Sheriff's Offices said they received no reports of threats.

Businesses and schools across the U.S. were evacuated because of the bomb threat hoax.

Officials in Atlanta, New Orleans, and Anchorage, Alaska, said businesses received e-mailed bomb threats Thursday that were part of what they believe is a nationwide hoax.

Police are working with the FBI to investigate every threat.

The New York City Counterterrorism Bureau said it's currently monitoring multiple bomb threats that were sent electronically to various locations throughout the city.

The Counterterrorism Bureau said the threats are also being reported to other locations nationwide and are not considered credible at this time.

The Oklahoma City Police Department also said it's investigating bomb threat reports in the city, but none are credible.