Bomb Threats At Seven State Capitols Trigger Evacuations

On Wednesday, bomb threats were called in to at least seven state capitol buildings across the country, prompting evacuations and searches — though no explosives were found, according to law enforcement.

Thus far, the list of states that have announced evacuations over bomb threats include Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi and Montana.
In a statement, the FBI announced that it had “no information to indicate a specific and credible threat” — but confirmed that the bureau was continuing to coordinate with other law enforcement to monitor any potential threat.

Early Wednesday morning, Georgia Secretary of State Gabriel Sterling (R) made a post on social media about a threat at the Georgia State Capitol.

“Starting 2024 with a bomb threat at the Georgia State Capitol. Delayed opening until the all clear is given. Avoid the area for now,” he wrote in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Later in the day, Sterling made a follow-up post addressing the other bomb threats across the country, where he urged Americans not to jump to conclusions or allow the threats to “increase tensions.”

“There have been multiple bomb threats to state capitols around the nation. So far Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan & Montana. Do not jump to conclusions as to who is responsible. There will be chaos agents sowing discord for 2024. They want to increase tensions. Don’t let them,” he wrote.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) also addressed the bomb threat in his own state, posting on X that law enforcement was investigating after the Kentucky secretary of state’s office received an email claiming that bombs were placed in state buildings.

“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,” he wrote, adding: “We thank our first responders for their quick response, and we will provide more updates.”

The Connecticut State Capitol was also evacuated after a bomb threat was called in claiming there were multiple explosives in the building.

“The Connecticut State Capitol Police received complaints from numerous employees about a suspicious email that was received,” Scott Driscoll, a member of the Connecticut State Capitol Police Department, told the Hartford Courant.

“The email, which apparently was sent to numerous states, claimed to have placed multiple explosives in the Capitol Building,” he added.

The Mississippi State Capitol was also locked down on Wednesday morning from a bomb threat and was evacuated while bomb-sniffing dogs performed a search.

“This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further threat to the Capitol or surrounding buildings,” Bailey Martin, a spokesperson for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, declared in a statement.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) also issued a statement on X, writing: “Today a bomb threat was made against our Mississippi Capitol building. Thankfully, the situation is clear. I’m incredibly thankful to the Capitol Police and all the Mississippi law enforcement officers who immediately responded to the incident.”

While Wyoming did receive bomb threats, none of its state buildings closed or evacuated in response to the threats.

Several news outlets have reported that a mass email containing a bomb threat was sent to multiple state entities, though there has not been any more information provided as of Wednesday evening. No bombs have been discovered in any of the buildings in any state that received a threat.