[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.
NDSU also has a immdiate evacuation as well, Bomb threat as well.
As a student at Pitt (we had 150+ bomb threats last Spring) these fake bomb threats are so ridiculous, our perp turned out to be some guy in Ireland.
Nothing is more infuriating to the general student body than these threats, as someone who was forced awake in the middle of the night on multiple occasions by fake bomb threats, I totally emphasize with the students there. The person behind it needs to go behind bars for a long time.
We are sure glad you emphasize with them. Whatever that means.
PLUS, it's pouring rain in Austin right now so to evacuate into the streets is miserable for my fellow students. Lucky for me, I was still at home when the alert came in.
this is what diversity and tolerance gets you... : (
What are you talking about?
Really? You blame tolerance and diversity? Seems to me it is those who can't stand change who are attacking progress.
The Oklahoma bombing, the last few shootings in Texas, that shooting near Seattle, the plot to assassinate the president....all were white. Facts hurt huh?
Political correctness is going to get us killed. Liberals are dolts.
the point fo my hyperbole is that it seems to me that we are so drunk on this utopian diversity thing that weve fallen into this pollyanna-esque state of blissful ignorance that the rest of the world doesnt understand or value the freedoms that we find fundamental and many are bent on our destruction and are willing to do it from the inside
Using big words does not make you right.
sage argument there lee-lee. thanks for playing.
"weve fallen into this pollyanna-esque state of blissful ignorance" Well, snap out of it. The rest of us live in the real world. Try it sometimes, and start by turning off FOX.
ignorance of what specifically?
Hey al Qaeda , or whoever you are. DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS!!! You won't like the outcome....
It was some guy named Al Kider. He'll be bragging all over the bars tonight.
Raining in Austin right now, Friday morning before an away football game – unlikely this is a real threat, but UT's had too many incidents in the past (Whitman, anyone?) and has to take this seriously.
Plus side – if it is a hoax, there will be a LOT of angry dorm residents looking for the culprit after walking (hungover) in the rain to their evacuation sites.
It's an away game this week.
Sorry, clicked before I finished my thought. It's an away game this week. It's probably someone bitter about not getting to go.
nah – there are plenty of pints to be found up and down Guadalupe! Three day weekend!
/seriously, this is sad and most likely a dumb hoax.
well 11am EST has come and gone. must have been a prank call. someone did not want to take a test.
This just shows that the 'terroists' have won – they can break the bank in the US without firing a shot now – be afraid, be verry, very afraid is all they have to say & people soil their pants, LOL
This is what happends when you force multiculturalism onto people
You get bomb threats? By all means, let's all be completely intolerant and xenophobic. That always works out so well.
Thank you for explaining what your friend hoped to gain from this bomb threat, but did they really expect people to think "al-Qaeda" was calling ahead to warn people about an attack? You are like little kids playing soldier sometimes.
Wayne – it's not tolerance and diversity. It's right wing blowhards O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Beck et al., Fox News propaganda and willfull ignorance on the part of their audiences.
uh, how so/
willful ignorance of WHAT?
yeah. just what i thought. just another youngster that cant do more than regurgitate liberal indoctrination buzzwords.
"It's right wing blowhards" like Wayne. Willful ignorance of true facts, Wayne, or should I call you Khalid? For example, native English speakers capitalize the first word in each sentence.
Don't forget BEVO...
ATX...always striving for attention psh...
See, if you don't actually have any bombs and you still want to make a fuss, just call in a bomb threat. Someone at my high school used to do it all the time until they caught him and cut off his nuts. Figuratively speaking, I think.
You would think that they would cut off his dialing fingers before his nuts to prevent future calls lol
Maybe they just decided to take him out of the gene pool altogether.
It's a good way to get a school out of having to take the State tests.
I think you assumed that he was dialing with his fingers!
Ridiculous they don't give any more detail in a notice to evacuate the campus and get as far away as possible. I know I wouldn't have followed it if I was there. I'd just assume it was a bomb threat and the campus was overreacting.
says future causality Hugh Dummas
I guess I must be a bit to violent wanting to protect our country against terrorists. I would warn to not get complacent, these are meerly tests the real deal will come later. I just hope the results are not severe, but I am sure they will be. We have gotten to arragent thinking we could never get attacked like other countries over seas have. Just be careful and dont think it is only a test if you are somewhere and hear a warning like that.
Why are you so scared of something that you have no real knowledge of?
It may be a legit threat,and then again,as this time of year rolls around,it is another stupid prankster trying to be a big "man". To bad there are some that just refuse to grow up.
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