The U.S. Department of Agriculture has closed six offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats, according to the Associated Press.
USDA spokesman Matthew Herrick is quoted as saying in an emailed statement that, “Yesterday, USDA received several anonymous messages that are concerning for the safety of USDA personnel and its facilities.
As a precaution, USDA has closed offices” in Raleigh, N.C., Fort Collins, Colo.; Hamden, Conn.; Beltsville, Md.; and Kearneysville and Leetown, W.Va.
The locations affected reportedly include offices for eight USDA agencies, including the Forest Service, Food Safety and Inspection Service and Agricultural Research Service. Among the sites affected was USDA's sprawling agricultural research center and library in Beltsville, Md.