DRAFFENVILLE, Kentucky — It was a bad call.
A woman who decided to play a prank on a coworker by sending her messages threatening to blow up the Kentucky gas station where they worked has been hit with terrorism charges.
The Marshall County Sheriff’s office says they received a report of a bomb threat at the FiveStar gas station in Draffenville, after an employee began getting threatening messages from an unknown number.
The messages threatened to blow up the business. That triggered a call to the Kentucky State Police bomb squad, which shut the business down.
No explosive device was found, but Sheriff Eddie McGuire said they took the threat seriously, especially in light of the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville, about 125 miles away.
“You always worry about copycats anytime something like that gets media attention,” McGuire told WPSD-TV. “You always worry about distressed individuals that want some type of attention for some type of cause.”
Investigators soon linked the threatening messages to 21-year-old Amber Carr, of Paducah, who works at the gas station. She said she meant the messages as a prank, but was charged with making a terroristic threat, disorderly conduct, harassing communications and wanton endangerment.