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August 17, 2012

FBI investigating nationwide bomb threats of theaters

STILLWATER, Okla. — A nationwide bomb threat against movie theater chain Carmike Cinema is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Stillwater police said.

Carmike spokesman Terrell Mayton told the Associated Press the threat was aimed at all theaters playing “The Expendables 2,” an action movie starring Sylvester Stallone.

Law enforcement began sweeping theaters for bombs after threatening messages were left at Carmike corporate headquarters in Columbus, Ga. Police officials said the threats did not specify any theater, but the caller warned a device would be detonated Friday.

Mayton said the caller claimed to work for a contractor that provides janitorial services to Carmike.

Stillwater’s Carmike theater on Perkins Road was cordoned off Friday morning as bomb sniffing dogs and a bomb technician swept the building for explosives.

Police said nothing was found and the theater was left in the control of management.

Theater staff could not be reached for comment, but the theater’s online schedule indicated that  movies were playing Friday night.

Cushing police were also kept busy that morning as officers searched the Carmike Dunkin Theater on E. Broadway Street, a release stated, adding that officers continued to provide extra patrol throughout the day.

According to Carmike Cinema’s website, it operates 10 theaters in Oklahoma.

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