Bomb threats emailed to Central Pa. businesses

Over 15 businesses in the region have received bomb threats via email as of 4 p.m. Thursday.

COBYS Family Services of Manheim Township received an email threatening that a bomb was in its building. Mary Sourber, director of placement services at the adoption and foster care agency, said the business office had received an email threatening an attack, and promptly alerted the police. 

“We just didn’t know what was happening,” Sourber said. “When police come to your building and say you need to evacuate, we have protocols in place and we left.”

At the time this story was posted, 10 businesses had received threatening emails and alerted Lancaster County 911. A supervisor from the call center said that all 10 of the threats arrived via email.

York County businesses also received threats.

York County Public Information Officer Mark Walters said the emails he was aware of all demanded money from the recipients and warned that if money wasn’t transferred, a bomb on the premises would detonate.

“They all said the same thing,” Walter said, adding that police and fire departments had been dispatched to York city and Spring Garden, York and Springettsbury townships. Nothing had been found as of 3:08 p.m. Thursday.

Dauphin County’s call center wasn’t immediately available for comment.

Ioannis Pashakis
Ioannis Pashakis covers health care and Lancaster County. Email him at ipashakis@cpbj.com.

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