ORLANDO, Fla. – A generic threat was made about the water supply of the Orlando area — home to major theme parks and tens of thousands of tourists each day, law enforcement officials said Sunday.
FBI agents told local law enforcement officials that a nonspecific threat was made about the safety of the water supply in central Florida, said Joyce Sankey Dawley, regional director of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The FBI gave no details on who made the threat, where it was made or when it was made, but federal agents have launched an investigation, she said.
"I want to stress that there is nothing specific about the threat," Dawley said.
The threat hasn't been corroborated independently, said FBI Supervisory Agent Bill Hajeski, who added he couldn't comment further because of the investigation.
Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary said security was beefed up at the area's water facilities.
"We're going to make sure that everything is nice and tidy in central Florida," Beary said. "We're taking care of business here."
Added sheriff's spokesman Jim Solomons, "There is no evidence that our local water supply has been compromised."
Officials were monitoring the water quality at Orlando Utility Commission's eight water treatment facilities in Orange County, although it was difficult to know what to test for since the threat was so generic, said Sheridan Brecht, a spokesman for the utility.
"We're confident that no one has tampered with our facilities," Brecht said.