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Jan 19, 2016 6:18 PM

FBI, NH police investigating bomb threats reported at schools in Sunapee, Portsmouth, Farmington


Schools in a number of communities in the northeast were evacuated or on lock-down today following reports of bomb threats.

Here in the Granite State, police were called to schools in Sunapee and Portsmouth for a recorded message threatening an explosion.

At Sunapee Middle/High School, police say school was luckily not in session.

"The fact that the students weren't in school today, that it was an automated phone call and that it wasn't etched on the inside of the building or a note wasn't found or something, certainly a little different than what we've dealt with in the past," said Sunapee Police Chief David Cahill.

Police also responded to Farmington High School for a message found in a bathroom. In all cases, police said nothing hazardous was found. Schools in at least 15 communities in Massachusetts were called in for the same reason. The FBI is involved in the investigation.

The charge for bomb threats in NH is usually false public alarms. It can be a misdemeanor or a felony, so prison time can range for 1-7 years. Most towns now file civil lawsuits as well to recuperate the thousands of dollars that it costs for agencies to respond to a threat.

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