December 13, 2018-The Hammond Public Library was among dozens of offices that received a bomb threat via email earlier today. According to a social media post”
The Hammond Public Library was one of dozens of institutions across the country that received email threats this afternoon. As a precaution, the library’s executive director asked patrons and staff to leave the building until their safety could be ascertained. Approximately 30 minutes later, the building was reopened.
Staff at the library thanked the Hammond Police Department for a prompt response and the First Baptist Church for assisting during the evacuation.
Numerous public and private organizations around the country reported receiving an e-mail bomb threat today around 2:00 p.m. according to Reuters. The threats reportedly demanded $20,000 in bitcoin or the bombs would be set off. It is unclear if the Hammond Public Library threat demanded a ransom and it is not known if these incidents are related. No details were released regarding suspects.