(RightIsRight.co) – Seeking to instill a deep sense of danger across America, a series of hoax bomb threats sent via email to officials in multiple states temporarily disrupted governmental operations, leading to evacuations in some state capitols.
The threats were ultimately found to be false, with no explosives detected. This incident comes amidst a recent wave of fake reports of shootings targeting the homes of public officials.
The hoax affected states, including Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Montana, resulting in the evacuation of certain statehouse offices and buildings.
The FBI quickly responded, stating they were aware of the numerous hoax bomb threats but had “no information to indicate a specific and credible threat.” The agency is collaborating with various levels of law enforcement to address the situation.
“The FBI takes hoax threats very seriously because it puts innocent people at risk,” the bureau emphasized in their statement.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear informed via X about the evacuation of the Capitol after the Secretary of State’s Office received a threat. Although lawmakers were at a separate location for ethics training, the Secretary of State’s spokeswoman, Michon Lindstrom, noted that some candidate filings were interrupted due to the threat, which warned of looming explosions.
In Mississippi, the Capitol lockdown occurred on the legislature’s second day in session, causing the state Senate to postpone its meeting. The building was eventually cleared following a thorough check. “This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further threat to the Capitol or surrounding buildings,” assured Bailey Martin, a spokesperson for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
Other states, like Wyoming, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri, and Maryland, also received threats but did not proceed with closures.
The incident coincides with a series of “swatting” attacks against public figures. Among the targets were Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, who recently made headlines for removing former President Donald Trump from the state’s presidential primary ballot.
Swatting is a dangerous prank that involves making false emergency calls to prompt a heavy police response. It has become an increasingly common tactic, with hundreds of cases reported annually.