ATLANTA -- The FBI has identified the person responsible for the bomb threats that occurred on Friday, August 17 involving Carmike Cinemas.
The FBI believes the person is no longer a threat to the Columbus-based nationwide theaters.
FBI Atlanta will continue it's criminal investigation.
The chain's corporate offices received a bomb threat late Thursday by someone who said there were explosives in several theaters around the nation.
PHOTOS | Bomb threat at Carmike Cinemas nationally
According to our sister newspaper in Nashville, the threat came from a Hispanic rights organization that said there were bombs in nine theaters across the country.
Carmike Locations in Metro Atlanta
Carmike 12 - Athens
Movies ATL 14 - Atlanta/East Point
Riverstone 15 - Canton
Carmike 12 - Cartersville
Crossroads 16 - Conyers
Movie400 12 - Cumming
Movies 278 14 - Hiram
Carmike 10 - Newnan
Carmike 12 - Snellville
Carmike has 236 theaters in 35 states nationally, and nine theater locations in Metro Atlanta.
Local law enforcement and FBI officials across the nation responded to the theaters, with evacuations and searches through each theater.
Carmike Cinemas and the FBI released statements late Friday afternoon.
"The FBI's Atlanta Field office is aware of the telephonic threats received by Carmike Cinemas and has initiated a criminal investigation into the matter. While the FBI takes seriously such threats or efforts to extort or intimidate companies engaged in interstate commerce, responding law enforcement, to date, have not developed evidence or information at those specific locations that would substantiate or elevate the threat. Anyone with information regarding this matter should contact the Atlanta Office FBI at tel. (404) 679-9000 or email at email@example.com," the FBI said in their statement.
Carmike company officials said they are working with federal and local authorities in the matter.
On the evening of August 16th, Carmike Cinemas received a non-specific telephoned bomb threat at our corporate offices in Columbus, Georgia after hours. We alerted community law enforcement officials and the FBI. Searches have been completed at the affected theatres by members of law enforcement and nothing was found.
A federal investigation is underway and Carmike is assisting with this as well as in the many communities where we have theatres. If additional details on the investigation are uncovered, we expect those to come from federal and local law enforcement agencies.
All theatres affected by the threat have been checked and deemed safe for use. Carmike Cinemas would like to express our thanks to the law enforcement agencies that quickly responded and ensured the safety of our guests.
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