Not major news? via Tennessee latest state to chase multiple bomb threats – CNN.com.
(CNN) — Courthouses and other government buildings in 30 Tennessee counties received bomb threats Tuesday, a state official said, making it the fifth state this month to see a similar round of false alarms.
No explosive devices had been found in any of the counties where threats were called in, said Dalya Qualls, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Homeland Security.
Qualls said county courthouses, as well as federal and state buildings, received threats on Tuesday.
Tennessee’s bomb scares came eight days after similar threats were made to 28 courthouses and a state office building in Oregon and within a month of similar incidents around Nebraska and Washington, according to Oregon state police.
Qualls said Tennessee Highway Patrol officers are assisting local authorities as needed, but the threats were still being investigated at the local level Tuesday evening.
Three threatening calls, all within about 10 minutes, came in to the Knox County Courthouse on Tuesday morning, but staffers already were more skeptical than scared after the first.
“The first time, a guy called in and said there was an atomic bomb in the courthouse,” said Knox County Clerk Foster Arnett, whose employees fielded the bomb threat calls, beginning about 10:30 a.m. “Then he called back, and said there were many bombs in the courthouse.
“I don’t know what he said the third time.”
Ultimately, the calls were among a flurry of bogus bomb threats made to 31 courthouses and other government facilities across Tennessee on Tuesday, including the federal building in downtown Memphis, according Dean to Flener, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman.
Statewide, government workers in 24 courthouses were ordered out of the their offices, some for several hours. The federal building in Memphis, which houses the federal court and other federal offices, was evacuated around 9 a.m. for a couple of hours while authorities checked it.
No explosives were found at any of the sites.
A similar bomb threat hoax last week targeted 28 courthouses in Oregon. Threats also were reported this month in Washington and Nebraska, according to The Associated Press.
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And while authorities have yet to confirm that the calls among the various states are related, “Logic suggests there would be a connection,” Stone said.
In Hamblen County, Morristown Police Department Maj. Michelle Jones noted that the caller gave no indication of a cause or reason for the bomb threat, “and appears to have taken steps to try to mask the real number” from which the call was made.
A mosque gets opposed and the Feds are immediately on it. Thirty plus bomb threats and local cops take care of it.
Just for knowing, there is a large, growing, troubling Muslim population in Tennessee and they’ve infiltrated state government.