BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
Multiple bomb threats made against two Franklin businesses, two Franklin schools, and several addresses in Nashville around noon on Thursday are similar to those reported all across the country and apparently are hoaxes.
“We have four currently in the city of Franklin,” said Charles Warner with the Franklin Police Department. “We think they are all hoax calls originating from another country, but there is no threat, we think that they’re hoaxes. We strongly believe that based on the rapid succession of the emails that were received and where we think they’re originating from.”
Sharon Puckett from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office later confirmed the suspicion, saying the threats have been determined to be a hoax.
Nevertheless, the threats are still under investigation by the Franklin Police Department, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and the Metro Nashville Police Department.
The New York Police Department Twitter account said the threats were not credible:
At this time, it appears that these threats are meant to cause disruption and/or obtain money. We’ll respond to each call regarding these emails to conduct a search but we wanted to share this information so the credibility of these threats can be assessed as likely NOT CREDIBLE.
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 13, 2018
According to CNN, threats also were reported threats at universities, courthouses, and businesses across the country.