NATIONWIDE BOMB HOAXES REACH EAST COUNTY

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By Miriam Raftery

December 14, 2018 (San Diego) – A bomb hoax targeted numerous of businesses, schools, newspapers, government facilities and individuals nationwide yesterday including at least a dozen locations in San Diego County.  The targets locally ranged from a trucking business in Lakeside to an attorney’s office in Kensington.

Attorney Julie Hamilton told ECM she received an email that included a demand for $20,000 in bitcoins or a hidden bomb would be exploded, similar to a threat reported across the nation.  “The email was very similar to other emails shown by other businesses. I didn't have to tell the investigator much, by the time they got to me they were well aware of the emails going to multiple businesses in the area,” Hamilton said.

No bombs were found at any locations threatened in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia, CNN reports. The threats did force authorities to conduct sweeps of numerous buildings, closing down streets in some cases, at substantial cost to law enforcement and businesses disrupted.

Federal and international law enforcement authorities are currently working to identify the source or sources of the threats.