Police comb theaters in Ga. after threat to Carmike Cinemas chain

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Friday, Aug. 17, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) -- Carmike Cinemas says a caller phoned in a bomb threat to its corporate headquarters in Georgia, prompting police to search its movie theaters in multiple states for possible explosives.

Carmike spokesman Terrell Mayton said company officials alerted the FBI after discovering the threat in a voicemail message Friday morning. He says the call was placed afterhours Thursday by someone claiming to work for a contractor that provides janitorial services to Carmike.

Mayton said the call threatened specific theaters, but he could not say how many or in what states. News outlets reported police searches in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and North Carolina.

No bombs were found. Mayton says most theaters were cleared before their first show times Friday.

The FBI in Atlanta did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

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