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UMD and TV station are victims of nationwide bomb hoax

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Posted at 6:32 PM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 14:20:19-05

SALISBURY, Md. — A nationwide bomb threat hoax reached multiple locations in Maryland on Thursday.

Salisbury Police received two bomb threat calls, one at local television station WBOC, and a second at Avery Hall Insurance. Police closed off E. Main Street between Rt 13 and Poplar Hill to investigate.

Officials say the threats were sent by email and are believed to be part of a nationwide trend. After sweeping both buildings with explosive detection dogs, no evidence of any explosives was found.

The threatening emails even spread to College Park.

The University of Maryland Police Department says they received reports about the emails from departments all over campus. Authorities at UMD say they too are connected to the hoax.

The Carroll County Public Library's administrative offices were also searched after reportedly receiving the emails., and the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office announced they were targeted as well. After a building sweep, no devices were found.

All incidents remain under investigation. Police are encouraging anyone who witnesses suspicious activity to call 911.