Two Pasadena Businesses Among Recipients of Wave of Bomb Threats Nationwide Thursday

Published : Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 6:16 PM

Two businesses in Pasadena were among dozens of institutions throughout the United States and Canada that received emailed threats Thursday.

The Pasadena Police Department said the two businesses, one on East Colorado Blvd. and the other on North Lake Avenue, received threats that a bomb in their locations from sources who asked for either money or bitcoins.

“This was in the zero block of East Colorado Boulevard. Police went out there. There was nothing suspicious, no suspicious anything,” Pasadena Police Lt. Jason Clawson said. “And then the other incident, it looks like came in via an email and that was at the 1000 block of North Lake. And it was an email that was saying there was a bomb and they were directing somebody to pay Bitcoins … to pay basically a ransom.”

Clawson this type of threat is common and happens to different businesses and entities.

“These things have been going on where people will call up and say that the business is going to get their power turned off if they don’t provide green credit cards that are loaded with money and provide it to the caller,” Clawson said. “A lot of times the caller is calling from a spoofed number. So it’s very common. And in this case, the email was poorly written and it was definitely a hoax. But those were the two incidents that have occurred through Pasadena.”

A report by CNN said the bomb threats prompted evacuations and sweeps of buildings by police in several locations in the U.S.

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told CNN they are aware of the threats and are working with law enforcement 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,” the FBI said, according to a CNN report.






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