Bomb Threats Across the United States

Bomb Threats across the U.S.

Bomb Threats across the U.S.

A total of 1,536 bomb threat incidents were reported in 2016


The Bomb/Arson Tracking System (BATS) is the national repository for arson and explosive related incidents reported to the United States Bomb Data Center (USBDC) from law enforcement/ public safety agencies.


States reporting the most bomb threats in BATS are Illinois (170), Texas (112), Ohio (109), and Maryland (88).

  • 529 bomb threats made to schools.
  • 254 bomb threats to businesses.
  • 186 bomb threats made to residences.

Since 2014, there has been an 33% increase in threats to schools.

Bomb threats to residences have decreased 35% between 2014 and 2016.


The USBDC captures critical information reported in BATS, including bomb threats, bombings, arson and explosive incidents, hoaxes, suspicious packages, theft and recoveries.

Publish Date: 
Friday, August 17, 2018
Last Reviewed February 4, 2019