Multiple state capitols evacuated after bomb threats

 January 4, 2024

Wednesday was nothing less than absolute chaos across several states as some nine state capitol buildings were evacuated.

According to The Guardian, bomb threats forced evacuations of the state capitol buildings, including in Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi and Montana.

According to authorities, the bomb threats came via email and were sent to various secretaries of state and state legislators.

The FBI said in a statement that it was working with state authorities "to gather, share and act on information."

What's happening?

Not much is known about the emailed threats, other than the fact that they happened in the wake of a growing list of politicians becoming victims of "swatting," which is when police are called to a person's home under false pretenses.

The only connection known at the time of this writing is that in most of the states targeted with the hoax bomb threats, it's at the same time the state legislators came back to work.

Several states' authorities issued statements on the bizarre situation.

"In response to a threat made involving the Michigan state capitol building in Lansing, we can confirm a threat was emailed to a general account for the Michigan state capitol commission around 7.45am, today, Wednesday, 3 Jan, 2024," Michigan state police spokesperson Lori Dougovito said. "We are aware of similar threats sent to government agencies across the country."

"While everyone is safe, KSP has asked everyone to evacuate the state Capitol and is investigating a threat received by the Secretary of State’s Office. We are aware of similar threats made to other offices across the country. We thank our first responders for their quick response, and we will provide more updates," Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear wrote on X.

Social media reacts

Social media users reacted to the multiple evacuations, with many claiming that they believe it's related to the release of Jeffrey Epstein's client list, though authorities have not determined that to be the case at this time.

"People had until monday to dispute the release of the jeffrey epstein list," one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "This will be covered on legacy media networks today rather than the Epstein list."

Hopefully, it was a one-off situation. State legislators, love them or hate them, have work to do for the people and no time to deal with hoax bomb threats.

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