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Police across Canada probing bomb threats as US authorities dismiss 'hoax'

Police across Canada probing bomb threats as US authorities dismiss 'hoax'

In the city of San Diego, police had received 36 reports of the threats as of about 3 p.m., according to the agency's public-information unit.

In Ottawa, an official with the Parliamentary Protective Service told Global News it was constantly monitoring "threats domestically and overseas", but could not comment on specifics when asked whether any threats have been received.

Additionally, police in Palm Beach County, Florida and Boise, Idaho also reported that they responded to threats in their areas but authorities called them hoaxes.

WBOC's Salisbury offices had to be evacuated Thursday afternoon because of a bomb threat hoax that authorities say has targeted other businesses on Delmarva as well as many other locations across the country.

"The problem with that thinking is - if you believe they're related and this is nonsense - then your investigation suffers and your response suffers", Const. David Hopkinson said in an interview.

Pennsylvania State Police are "investigating some bomb threats in the eastern part of the state", a spokesman for the department tells CNN.

But U.S. government sources speaking on background to Reuters said that such findings were inconclusive and that federal investigators doubted that Russians or the Russian government were involved.

Bomb threats were reported across the U.S. and Canada on Thursday, forcing widespread evacuations and police response, various agencies say, but all the threats appeared to be hoax ransom ploys for bitcoin payment.

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"Due to a bomb threat at the SF Fire Credit Union across the street, SFPD has requested that JCCSF evacuate 3200 California Street immediately". In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, police said the threats came in a "robo-email saying there is a bomb threat to their business unless they pay money in Bitcoins".

The NYPD's counterterrorism department said on Twitter that it was monitoring multiple threats sent to various locations in the city, noting that similar threats had been seen nationwide and are "not considered credible".

"The threats are being received by email and they have been sent to various locations throughout the morning", its statement reads.

A copy of Thursday's bomb threat email posted to social media.

"This is a drain on police resources across the country", Silverman said.

In the meantime, we again urge anyone receiving a threat to consider it credible until a law enforcement agent specifically gives them directions otherwise. However, there were no signs of explosives, and authorities said the scare appeared to be a crude extortion attempt. But the threats prompted brief evacuations of a Toronto subway station and a newspaper office in Raleigh, North Carolina.

"We are aware of recent bomb threats made in cities around the country & remain in touch w/ our law enforcement partners to provide assistance", the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweeted Thursday afternoon.

Manitoba and Alberta RCMP are working to determine the origin and validity of bomb threats made to multiple businesses in communities across the two provinces.