Eastern Wyoming College received a statewide announcement to state facilities and schools regarding an anonymous threat currently under investigation.
College Relations Director Tami Afdahl says all of Wyoming’s colleges took the necessary precautions in response to the announcement. She says the threat was not specific to a particular facility or school. Afdahl says EWC would remain in contact with law enforcement until the matter is resolved.
College President Dr. Richard Patterson canceling all classes and scheduled on-campus activities for the remainder of Thursday day. Housing remained in operation as will essential maintenance functions.
All non-essential employees were asked to shut down their areas and leave campus. Everyone should remain alert for any unusual activity, items, or persons on campus and report them immediately to local law enforcement. Eastern Wyoming College will resume normal operations Friday unless directed otherwise.
The threat stemmed from an email to the Wyoming Department of Homeland Security received an email Thursday morning entitled, “Wyoming is being turned to dust.”
The message said:
“There are 50 40mm aluminum thermite pipe bombs across official buildings in Cheyenne. There are 600 40mm thermite pipe bombs hidden across multiple big cities and official government buildings in Wyoming. There are 50 sets of compact U.S. armed forces standard C4 at the CYS Airport. There are 500 pounds of RDX and PETN plastic explosives hidden across 40 Wyoming schools, and 10 schools have had their fire sprinkler systems filled with napalm. There has been a MOAB weapon of mass destruction thermobaric bomb hidden in one of the most population dense CDPS in Wyoming. Today Wyoming will be turned to dust!”
As of 5 p.m. , Eastern Wyoming College has not had any updates on the threat. However LCCC in Cheyenne said that local area Emergency Management Agencies deemed the threat received today to be non-credible.
Cheyenne Regional Airport was evacuated for a period Thursday afternoon, and they said all facilities that were evacuated are now returning to their offices.
Schools across the Cowboy State ranging from Torrington, Rock Springs, and Evanston all took appropriate action following the threat, which fortunately did not materialize into a credible threat.