509.06   INDUCING PANIC.
   (a)   No person shall cause the evacuation of any public place, or otherwise cause serious public inconvenience or alarm, by doing any of the following:
      (1)   Initiating or circulating a report or warning of an alleged or impending fire, explosion, crime, or other catastrophe, knowing that the report or warning is false.
      (2)   Threatening to commit any offense of violence.
      (3)   Committing any offense, with reckless disregard of the likelihood that its commission will cause serious public inconvenience or alarm.
   (b)   Division (a)(1) of this section does not apply to any person conducting an authorized fire or emergency drill.
   (c)   (1)   Whoever violates this section is guilty of inducing panic.
      (2)   Except as otherwise provided in division (c)(3), inducing panic is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
      (3)   If a violation of this section results in physical harm to any person, inducing panic is a felony to be prosecuted under appropriate State law.  If a violation of this section results in economic harm of one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more, inducing panic is a felony to be prosecuted under appropriate State law.  If the public place involved in a violation of division (a)(1) is a school or an institution of higher education, inducing panic is a felony to be prosecuted under appropriate State law.  If a violation of this section pertains to a purported, threatened or actual use of a weapon of mass destruction, inducing panic is a felony to be prosecuted under appropriate State law.
   (d)   As used in this section;
      (1)   “Economic harm” means all direct, incidental and consequential pecuniary harm suffered by a victim as a result of the criminal conduct.  The term includes but is not limited to all of the following:
         A.   All wages, salaries or other compensation lost as a result of the criminal conduct;
         B.   The cost of all wages, salaries or other compensation paid to employees for time those employees are prevented from working as a result of the criminal conduct;
         C.   The overhead costs incurred from the time that a business is shut down as a result of the criminal conduct;
         D.   The loss of value to tangible or intangible property that was damaged as a result of the criminal conduct.
      (2)   “School” means any school operated by a board of education or any school for which the State Board of Education prescribes minimum standards under Ohio R.C. 3301.07, whether or not any instruction, extracurricular activities, or training provided by the school is being conducted at the time a violation of this section is committed.
(ORC 2917.31)