The LAPD launched an investigation into a bomb threat made against this year’s Oscars and the trail took them to an unlikely place — a religious senior housing facility in Montana.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, on the day before the Academy Awards, someone sent an anonymous email via the Dolby Theatre’s website. The email had the subject line of “chemical weapons for the oscars” and the body of the email read, “there’s gonna be bombs planted the day of the oscars; we targeted snowflakes who spread real terror.”
The LAPD tracked the IP address the email was sent from and it traced back to Sapphire Lutheran Homes, which is located in Hamilton, Montana. The website describes the place as a “faith based senior housing” facility with 160 apartments.
The executive director of Sapphire Lutheran Homes tells The Blast they were contacted over the summer by the LAPD. They say police determined that because of the way their internet was set up, their IP address could have been used by a guest or someone from outside the facility.
The facility says the LAPD advised them to tighten their internet security.
The matter is still under investigation.