Thursday, December 13, 2018

19 Colorado Springs agencies and businesses receive bomb threats

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 4:23 PM

click to enlarge The Indy, like 18 other offices in Colorado Springs, received a bomb threat on Dec. 13. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • The Indy, like 18 other offices in Colorado Springs, received a bomb threat on Dec. 13.
The Independent was among 19 businesses, schools and government buildings that received a bomb threat today, Dec. 13. They appear to be bogus and possibly part of a nationwide rash of bomb threats, the Colorado Springs Police Department says. The CSPD issued this notice:

Large numbers of bomb threats are being reported at news outlets, government buildings, banks, libraries, and other businesses across the United States.

The Colorado Springs Police Department started receiving threats at 11:20AM on December 13, 2018. CSPD has worked closely with schools and employees at the impacted locations to ensure their safety. Each report received in Colorado Springs is taken seriously and investigated appropriately. At the time of this writing, our Communications Center has received 19 separate threats. No schools or businesses have reduced their schedules due to these threats.
Two police officers responded to the Indy building at 235 S. Nevada Ave. and spent an hour searching the premises at about 11:15 a.m. The threat was delivered via email and sought an amount of money in bitcoin. About eight threats had been made as of that time.

Amy Sweet, publisher of the Indy and some of its sister publications, says, "Clearly, this was a poorly executed attempt to scare and intimidate businesses. In today's political climate, the Indy took the threat seriously. We're pleased with fast response from CSPD and we plan to continue to do what we do best — provide locally produced journalism that is vital to Colorado Springs."

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