FBI confirms rash of bomb threats; RI, Mass. among states affected

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Tasca car dealership in Cranston is one of many businesses across the country that received an emailed bomb threat Thursday.

The FBI confirmed it is investigating a series of bomb threats sent to businesses in several states, including Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Rhode Island State Police confirmed it’s assisting with an investigation in Cranston. The owner of the dealership confirmed Tasca received on of the threats. 

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“It’s our understanding that similar reports have been received from other jurisdictions within Rhode Island and other states,” said Director of Public Information Laura Meade Kirk.

Kirk was referring all other inquiries to the FBI, which said it’s investigating.

“We are aware of the recent bomb threats made in cities around the country, and we remain in touch with our law enforcement partners 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,” FBI Spokesperson Kristen Setera said in a statement.

Massachusetts State Police tweeted out that its Fusion Center is tracking multiple threats across the state. However, police said there are no indications of any explosives located or detonated at this time.

Taunton Public Schools tweeted that it received one of the threats, which it called a robo-email.

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