FBI investigating bomb threats made in Mass., R.I. and nationwide

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CRANSTON, R.I. — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into numerous bomb threats sent to businesses in multiple state across the country, including in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Rhode Island State Police and Cranston Police also responded to a bomb threat at a car dealership Thursday afternoon.

Though officials could not confirm whether the threat is connected to the other threats, Cranston Police said they assisted troopers after they received a call from Tasca Automotive Group shortly before 2 p.m.

According to officers, the dealership called police due to an email they received detailing a bomb threat.

Officers responded and evacuated the building before they determined there was no legitimate threat, and everyone was allowed back inside.

Massachusetts State Police also confirmed that they’re multiple threats throughout the state, though they said there were no explosives located.

“It’s our understanding that similar reporters have been received from other jurisdictions within Rhode Island and other states,” said Director of Public Information Laura Meade Kirk, when asked if there were any investigations connected to the threats in other states,

The investigation into the various threats in Massachusetts and Rhode Island is being handled by the F.B.I. to determine if they’re connected.

“We are aware of the recent bomb threats made in cities around the country, and we remain in touch with our law enforcement partners to provide assistance. As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety,” F.B.I. Spokesperson Kristen Setera said in a statement.

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