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All-clear issued at many Carmike Cinemas following bomb threat


Carmike Cinemas across the country were the subject of multi-state/multi-location bomb threats this morning, but most of those have been issued an all clear at this time. 

Longview was among the first locations that came into us. Longview authorities have given the all clear at the Carmike.

Tyler's Carmike location was not the subject of a threat, but Tyler Police tell KLTV Carmike Corporate officials contacted them to request they check out the location. 

Tyler Fire Department PIO, Paul Stanley tells KLTV, right now Tyler officials are in contact with the FBI. He says the initial call came into Carmike Headquarters in Georgia. They are holding off opening the theater at this time  until the search is over. There is no exact time set for the re-opening, and each theater is handling the re-opening decision as management sees fit.

They have cleared the building, for the most part. The building has not been searched as of now, but after the FBI calls back they anticipate that will be the next step. They are hoping to have more information from the FBI, including the credibility of the threat call and where it came from by 12:30 pm.

There were also reports of bomb threats to Carmike locations in Lufkin, TX, Wilmington, NC, Springfield, TN, Lexington, KY, Ponca City, OK, Stillwater, OK, Shawnee, OK, Morris, IL, Charlottesville, VA;  Auburn and Albany, AL, Fayetteville, NC, Champaign, IL, West Pottsgrove, PA; also Snellville, Canton, Newman, Hiram, Conyers, Cumming and Bartow County, GA.

The all-clear has been given at Carmikes in Conyers, GA, Lexington, KY and Wilmington, NC.

It is believed that these calls originated at Carmike's corporate offices and then relayed to local cinema managers. 

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