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‘Spam’ email threat evacuates Anchorage businesses and Mat-Su emergency headquarters

  • Author: Zaz Hollander
  • Updated: December 13, 2018
  • Published December 13, 2018

PALMER -- Emailed bomb threats found to be not credible triggered the evacuation of the main Mat-Su emergency headquarters Thursday morning as well as numerous businesses in Anchorage, authorities said.

The emails were part of a wave of similar threats sent to businesses, schools, hospitals and other places from coast to coast in the Lower 48, according to news reports.

Eight people at the Mat-Su emergency services station in Wasilla evacuated briefly after a borough employee opened an email containing a bomb threat around 9 a.m., according to borough emergency services director Otto Feather.

Alaska State Troopers found no evidence of bombs and everyone was allowed back in the building on Seward Meridian Parkway by around 10:30 a.m., troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain said.

Palmer police also responded to a report of a threat made at the main borough administrative building but there was no evacuation, police Chief Lance Ketterling said.

A number of Anchorage businesses reported getting the same type of email Thursday morning, including Dimond Center mall and KTUU-Channel 2, police said.

Anchorage police spokesman MJ Thim called the emails “spam” but said police were investigating each incident separately out of an abundance of caution. Police received multiple reports Thursday morning.

An FBI spokeswoman said the agency is aware that a number of threats have been received across the country including in Alaska.