Columbia police investigating reports of email bomb threats

1 year 3 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:52:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
By: Brendon Baker, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
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COLUMBIA - Columbia police are investigating multiple reports of bomb threats made via email to businesses in the Columbia area, the department said in a news release Thursday. 

Police said there was no information to support the validity of the threats. 

The emails reportedly requested that an undisclosed amount of money be sent to a Bitcoin account. If the money was not deposited in the account, the email said, an explosive would be detonated. 

State and national law enforcement agencies are also investigating numerous similar threats across the country.

Columbia police reminded the public to remain vigilant and report any threats. Local businesses can call the Boone County Joint Communications center at 573-442-6131 to report a threat. 

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