Capital Region

Locations in Saratoga, Fulton counties get bomb threats

May be part of national wave of bomb threats
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CAPITAL REGION — Authorities in at least two Capital Region counties were investigating several bomb threat phone calls Thursday. Threats were received in Saratoga and Fulton counties as similar messages were received nationwide Thursday afternoon.

The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office was investigating several bomb threats in the county, though none were found to be credible.

The local recipients of the threats were not disclosed by the sheriff’s office, which said none of the threats had been found to be credible as of Thursday evening.

“The Sheriff’s Office encourages the public to continue to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious,” said the sheriff’s office, in a prepared statement.

Elsewhere in the Capital Region, students staying after school at the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES P-Tech program based at Jansen Avenue School in Johnstown evacuated shortly before 3 p.m. after receiving an email bomb threat, spokeswoman Betsy DeMars said.

Local police searched the building with bomb-sniffing dogs and determined the threat was unfounded. In a media release, DeMars cited the broader threats across the country and said investigators had determined that the threat at the school was a hoax.

About 50 students were in the building at the time the threat was received. 

News outlets including CNN were reporting that dozens of institutions across the country received email threats Thursday afternoon, prompting evacuations and sweeps of buildings.

As of Thursday afternoon, it was not clear whether the threats were connected. CNN reported that the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said they were aware of the threats and were working with law enforcement to provide assistance.

“As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety,” the FBI said, also in a prepared statement.

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