The Los Alamos Police Department released a statement this evening saying it is aware of the bomb threat campaign that is happening across the country.
The Los Alamos Bomb Squad stands ready to handle any and all threats to this County including the National Laboratory. Cmdr. Preston Ballew said LAPD is communicating with the FBI and getting updates as they develop.
Any suspicious activity should be reported to Los Alamos Police Dispatch at 505.662.8222 immediately.
The Los Alamos Daily Post looked into the situation and finds that this afternoon dozens of institutions and businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada received email threats, prompting evacuations and sweeps of buildings. It appears the emails are demanding $20,000 via Bitcoin or the sender will trigger a bomb and blow up the building.
The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are aware of the threats and working with law enforcement and encourage the public to remain vigilant and immediately report suspicious activities to local police.
In another bomb threat incident, the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) in Espanola released a statement today saying that at 11:05 a.m. a male caller into the NCRTD dispatch indicated that a bomb had been placed to detonate at 11:20 a.m. on either the 200 Santa Fe, 300 Taos or 400 Los Alamos bus. Police were notified, and each bus was evacuated immediately. No bomb exploded at 11:20 a.m., meanwhile buses on all routes were evacuated and temporarily halted while vehicle inspections take place.
By 1:40 p.m. all buses were back on route with the exception of 200 Santa Fe to 300 Taos midday bus, which was canceled. Authorities cleared the 300 Taos bus being investigated at Ranchos de Taos, the 200 Santa Fe bus near Buffalo Thunder/Cuyamungue and 400 Los Alamos bus being held at Cities of Gold in Pojoaque.