Multiple businesses throughout Metro’s jurisdiction have received email bomb threats, similar to those reported in other places around the country.
However, the threatening emails have been deemed a hoax, and they all seem to be related to each other, Metro said.
Multiple businesses throughout LVMPD’s jurisdiction have received an email bomb threat, similar to those reported nationally. These hoax bomb threats seem to be related to each other. The threats are being investigated and no devices have been located at this time. #LVMPDnews— LVMPD (@LVMPD) December 13, 2018
A state building near W. Sahara Avenue and S. Valley View Boulevard was evacuated. The building houses many state departments including OSHA and the Division of Real Estate, among others, as well as a Wells Fargo Bank.
There was a multi-agency effort to secure and clear the building. The large crowd of hundreds of people hung out at a nearby shopping center for more than two hours before they returned to work.
Many workers were in the middle of a holiday celebration when they were asked to evacuate.
“So we were all kinda wondering what was going on cause we’re having a Christmas party today and then all of a sudden they close the door in my office and I have a corner one that’s really small, like a little closet and all of a sudden the officers bust in to my room and say ‘you gotta be evacuated’ and I was the only one left in there,” said Dean Brown, evacuee.
When the same threatening email made its way to other venues around the country the sender demanded a bitcoin payment.
It’s unclear how many locations in the Las Vegas valley received the emails, but Metro says they are all being investigated.
According to Metro Police, the threats are being investigated by their detectives and by the FBI, and no devices have been located.
The federal agency is not releasing additional details, it’s only asking the public to stay vigilant.