[Updated at 1:51 p.m. ET] No explosives were found at two U.S. universities that had ordered evacuations after they received bomb threats Friday morning, officials said.
The evacuations happened at the University of Texas at Austin and North Dakota State University. People were allowed back into the University of Texas buildings at noon CT Friday, though Friday's classes have been canceled, the school said on its website.
Police and federal authorities, including a bomb squad, investigated the Texas threats. A University of Texas police spokesman told CNN that "it was a general bomb threat on campus." A university spokeswoman told CNN affiliate KXAN that a male claiming to be with al Qaeda called the university and said that bombs were placed all over campus, and that they would go off at about 10 a.m. CT (11 a.m. ET).
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About 51,000 students attend the flagship university, which is located in central Texas. University spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon said that at any time up to 70,000 people could be on campus.
North Dakota State University told its students and employees to leave campus entirely by 10:15 a.m. CT, according to its website. A NDSU official later said that the campus had been swept, and classes would resume at 2 p.m. CT.
Absolutely the wrong steps to take for general bomb threats....last thing we law enforcement need are mass evacuations from places of relative safety into potential killing zones for snipers and bombers in the open.
Sounds like somebody is going to spend some time behind bars and possibly be sent back to that wonderful place called the middle east?
Don't treat all threats as credible. We would be at the mercy of terrorists.
You KNOW what'll happen the first time you don't...
Probably trying to get out of a test.
How bout someone didn't want to take that test today
This is the beginning of the semester so it is not possible that someone called to escape an exam (too early for test season). I see two possibilities here and both involve real terrorists:
1) A cheap simple way to cause disruption
2) A test run to see how emergency services respond.
Valparaiso University also received such a threat.
Valpo received a threat via "graffiti", (?) and no classes were canceled.
Campus security was increased, but otherwise, it was a normal day.
sad...all those students displaced...
Has AQ sleepers activated? Or just someone's sick joke? Hope they can trace that call. Let's also hope that we aren't too reactionary and start pulling student visas.
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