Update: Penn State police issued an “all-clear” at 5 p.m. Thursday. “Police have concluded their investigation into the threat and and it is believed to be a hoax. No further actions are planned,” the message said.
Law enforcement across the state and nationwide on Thursday were investigating bomb threats, including on the Penn State campus and in the State College area.
“Centre Region Police are dealing with several bomb threats,” State College police said in a statement. “Police across the U.S. have been getting email bomb threat reports. So far, no threats have been credible. If you receive an emailed threat, contact your local law enforcement agency and save the email.”
Penn State issued an alert for the University Park campus at 2:14 p.m. stating that University Police and the FBI were investigating threats to campus buildings.
In a follow-up statement just before 3 p.m., the university said that threats did not appear to be credible.
“Penn State University Police, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is investigating a message received by individuals in multiple locations on campus and across the state,” according to the statement. “At this time, police say the threat appears to be part of a national hoax, however, an investigation is ongoing.”
Police said emailed threats were received by individuals at Rider Building, University Park Airport, Tyson Building, Johnston/Findlay Commons in East Halls, the Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building, Henning Building, Redifer Commons and the Greenburg Complex.
No evacuations were deemed necessary by police and normal university operations continued. Police presence in the threatened locations continued until the investigation concluded.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Penn State Police at 814-863-1111.
Schools, businesses, government buildings and media organizations around the country reported receiving emailed bomb threats on Thursday afternoon.
“We are currently monitoring multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various locations throughout the city,” a New York Police Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau statement said, according to NBC News. “These threats are also being reported to other locations nationwide and are not considered credible at this time.”
Similar threats have been reported throughout Pennsylvania. Police were searching the area around the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat after a bomb threat was received by the newspaper. Multiple bomb threats were reported in Lancaster County as well, according to ABC27.