The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what it referred to as a “social media rumor” about a threat to The Great Frederick Fair as of Friday night.
The agency responded to the rumor in a tweet posted to its official Twitter account shortly before 9 p.m. Friday but did not provide any additional details regarding the rumored threat or specific steps being taken. The post did indicate that sheriff’s office investigators did not have any evidence indicating the threat was founded.
“The Sheriff’s Office is aware of the social media rumor concerning a threat to The Great Frederick Fair. We take all information like this seriously and will thoroughly investigate any threats to our community,” the agency’s statement reads, before continuing in a second post. “To ensure a safe and secure environment. At this time there is no information to substantiate these rumors. If you have credible information concerning this or any other threat, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 301-600-1046.”
A similar post on the agency’s Facebook account further indicated that the sheriff’s office was “working with fair staff and our public safety partners to ensure a safe and secure environment,” at the fair.
The Frederick Police Department also acknowledged the rumor on its official Twitter account, which seemed to indicate that the city’s In the Streets event also taking place Saturday was also somehow involved in the rumor. However, the statement was similarly reassuring that the rumors did not appear to be credible.
“At this time, there is no reason to believe that the threats are credible, but we are investigating them,” the department’s statement reads in part. “If you have any information, please contact the Frederick Police Department at 301-600-2102 or the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office 301-600-1046.”
Michele Bowman, a spokeswoman for the Frederick Police Department, directed further inquiries to the county sheriff’s office as the lead investigating agency when reached for additional comment.
A sheriff’s office spokeswoman had not responded to The Frederick News-Post’s questions as of Saturday morning.
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