Bomb threats made to movie theaters nationwide

Published: Aug. 17, 2012 at 5:58 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM EDT
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© Carmike Cinemas across the U.S. were checked for bombs after a threat reported from the...
© Carmike Cinemas across the U.S. were checked for bombs after a threat reported from the corporate office. (Source: carmike.com)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Police and fire departments responded to Carmike Cinemas locations in the Midlands and across the country Friday after a bomb threat was made to the company's corporate office, according to reports.

Hundreds of movie theaters in multiple states, including Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia, had activity from emergency responders starting around 11:30 a.m. ET.

Columbia Police and the Columbia-Richland Fire Department swept Carmike locations on Forest Drive and in Irmo Friday morning, but found nothing suspicious.

Movies at those locations are going on as usual.

There have been no reports of explosive devices found across the country.

According to WSFA, Auburn, AL, police said the threat originated at the corporate office, which is located in nearby Columbus, GA. Carmike has not released a statement on the matter.

Carmike operates 236 theaters in 35 states, according to the company. They are the fourth largest movie theater chain in the country.

WIS does not typically report bomb threats, but made an exception for public interest.

Copyright 2012 WIS. All rights reserved. The Raycom News Network contributed to this report.