September 14th, 2012
11:00 AM ET

No bombs found after evacuations at 2 universities

[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.

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  1. Bhab Vila

    Why is it that people jump to the "midterm" scenario so quickly? We (UT) started school only three weeks ago. Narrow-minded approaches and facilitating a stereotype (I.E. Bomb threats at schools have to be related to some student looking to get extra study time for an exam) serve no meaningful purpose. Have a little faith in humanity, for goodness sake.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Crystal

      Better than a stereotype against Muslims or people of Middle Eastern accent. All of my friends and myself (UT students) have all said it was a prankster who wanted to get out of exams. That's my experience with bomb threats at school. I'm proud that no one has said anything inflammatory about Muslims.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erik

      I think the caller did it because it's been raining all day and they thought it would be funny to make everyone wander around outside in the rain.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • eddie53

      I have faith in humanity, except if your school does not do anything and the threat was real, all the lawyers in America will have a feast suing the University left and right and they will win. So the University is right to play safe. And more extra day to prepare for a midterm exam is not a bad idea.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. firewalker

    There are 2 things that you DON'T DO in life .....MESS WITH TEXAS and you don't MESS with RUSSIA ...WE DON'T PLAY.

    So much for Obama's foreign policy..".ARAB SPRING" it's a JOKE just like HIM.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • worktolive

      Agree Obama is a joke. Find whoever is responsible for these bomb threats at our universities, if they are foreign students-throw them out of America; if they are US citizens-arrest them, and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, end their college careers forever.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zwei Stein

      "Don't mess with Texas." Texas is "messed" with all the time. The people start out ignorant and are kept that way. Just look at your politicians. Talk about a joke? Texans get very little for the tax money they pay. It's used to subsidize the businesses which your governor attracts to Texas so you can have even more low, low paying jobs.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • soonerman3

      That is absolutely the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Typical Texan, you must have the I.Q. of a garden tool!! Everybody hates texas the sissy horns!!

      September 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. GhostCoyote

    We had a gentleman on Parole call in bomb threats to the office whenever he was ordered to report to his officer. Sounds like somones trying to have themselves a bit o fun.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. firewalker

    Mu sli m don't have the BA LS to attack the RUSSIAN EMBASSY they know WHO'S THE WEAKEST in the LEADERSHIP department..

    September 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • KMFJ

      i'd love to see Russia's response to something like that? They wouldn't take that kindly and they'd do the appropriate thing. Exterminate the bugs

      September 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zwei Stein

      You wouldn't idolize the Russians so much if you lived there.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Moni

    Smh..

    September 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jonathan

    I doubt a muslim has ever set foot in Texas or North Dakota

    September 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nobody you know

      As a former UT-Austin student, there are plenty of Muslims there. North Dakota? Well that's a different story. ;)

      September 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just_One

      Well, we now know you have never been to Texas

      September 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just an Excuse

      How do you ignorant people not just self implode?

      September 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      There are Muslims in North Dakota too. It (Islam) is a religion. Its adherents are everywhere, like most religions.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • NorthDakota

      North Dakota is a major destination for refugees. African, Bhutanese, and Bosnian Muslims and Christians. Stop being so ignorant.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bhab Vila

    Second foolish stereotype: The bomb threat must be related to a school rivalry. Really? Really?? That's what you're going with? For people to suggest such a thing, for me, alludes to the abilities of the individuals themselves.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Joe

    I'm a student at UT and I'm just as in the dark about this as all of you. People arn't panicking and things seem pretty orderly and calm but it's still pretty tense.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. more2bits

    Everything is bigger in Texas–including their evacuations.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Ryan

    University of Pittsburgh had 145 bomb threats last semester where was the coverage of that?

    September 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nyarlathotep

      None of them were called in by a man claiming to be affiliated with Al Qaeda?

      September 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      your right it was just an ex pat irish terrorist who was in custody for threatening to poison all of englands water supply

      September 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Marcus

    people live in North Dakota?

    September 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • NorthDakota

      Employed people do.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Blame Game

    You can blame Obama for this. Thats what you get for electing a Muslim President who doesnt even have a valid birth certificate.

    NO MORE BS LIES! VOTE ROMNEY 2012 FOR A REAL CHANGE!

    September 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MUNGUS

      WOW... idiot.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • no nothing

      Where is Romney's birth certificate? this is a two way street. BTW

      September 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick-o

      Your name says it all. Quit playing blame games.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      That's a very insightful bit of wisdom there. I guess your life sucks so Obama is to blame....couldn;t possibly be that youre a lazy uneducated crack smoking dip

      September 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • This is Weak

      You do realize he is half white, half black, which makes him milato.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • fiftyfive55

      yea right,romney 'll take good care of us,right ???

      September 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      obama's foreign policy chickens, coming home to roost!

      September 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • impartial1

      Hey...Obama's birth certificate is right under Romney's tax returns...

      September 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • hoax post

      Stop the antiObama hoax posts. Its as silly as hoax bomb threats attempting to pass blame on others. It is so absurd that no one really believes you. Silly attempt by an Obama supporter trying to make those opposed to Obama look like fools.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      bho 2012...mitt would of went to war over this silly movie and the even sillier reaction to it.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • rayray

      wow original poster .... if you ever needed a reason for birth control, well here you go...

      September 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • seeingthetruth

      Only takes one apple to spoil the barrel and "blame game" is the bad apple, plus must be from the empty end of the gene pool.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • gee

      You are a complete fool that should have been aborted.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • CurlyBill

      impartial1

      First of all - that's a GREAT name - impartial one - meant to be ironic, right (since you are anything BUT impartial)?

      Anyway, shouldn't the CURRENT WH resident have to show his first (since the other side HAS been asking for it a lot longer)? If the CURRENT WH resident shows his BC, school transcripts, and SS# application, I will be the FIRST to demand that Romney show all of his tax returns.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConcernedC

      Well your name says it all Blame Game. You must be one of those uneducated disgruntled Tea Party types to come up with such dumb comments. BTW, Obama's full form Birth Certificate attesting that he was born in Hawaii is now public record, just file a Right to Information at your County office to ask for a copy. Also Obama's Mom was a 6th generation American Caucasian Protestant, and he is a fairly regular Church goer, along with Michelle and the kids – again this is public record. Obviously you are too dumb, idiotic and brainwashed to reason with – loser.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • 3kidsmama

      wow Blame Game ... such display of 'heartfelt patriotism' for sure requires a little more investigation of your origins. You are after all referring to the President of your own country, the President of the United States of America!

      September 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      Come on people. You know Blame Game is just making fun of Romney voters. He's just trying to stir up trouble pretending to be one.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheTraveler

      "You can blame Obama for this. Thats what you get for electing a Muslim President who doesnt even have a valid birth certificate."

      And people wonder why I own a gun. Some of the the people IN this country are becoming a bigger threat than those outside it...

      September 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Walling

      WOW- Proof that there are idiots here and there, who will end up killing us all.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. saywhat

    I hope the person who called in the threat is apprehended and gets exemplary punishment. it just takes one call to shut down whole systems. Punishment should equal commitment of crime.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. chupacabra

    Don't even waste time thinking of civilizing moslems, we should get out of there country cut off all aid and kick back and watch them kill each other.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • fiftyfive55

      Just a reality check here about muslims:they had lights in the streets of baghdad 2000 years ahead of everyone else,so the lesson here is never underestimate our enemy

      September 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • fiftyfive55 is dumb

      just a note that fiftyfive55 is very wrong to think that it was Muslims who had lights in the streets of Baghdad 2000 years before anyone else.
      This is due to the fact that the people in Baghdad anything over 1500 years ago were worshipers of other religions such as Zoroastrianism, and Ishtar. The prophet Muhammad was born around 570CE.
      Muslim followers like to believe that their religion unifies a religious theme dating back past Abraham and therefore Islam is older than that but that is dogma not history. The real people in Baghdad before 570CE who lit the streets did not follow Islam as it had not been created yet.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sajor

      @fiftyfive55 hahaha you are so self deluded. First off, there where no Muslims 2000 years ago, secondly, there where no Arabs in Baghdad at that time, and if by lights you I hope you mean torches or oil lamps, because if you are claiming they had electric lights you are beyond all help.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • erzhik

      Maybe you should attend some spelling classes before you post anything.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aubrie

      Ha! That's funny... REAL funny. You weren't into history much as a kid were you? Anyway... for arguements sake.. let's say they had "lights in the streets".... So what happened that caused the major regression?

      September 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rosylyn

      You're ridiculous. Lean some common sense instead of speaking out of your ass.. Generalizing and discriminating against a whole population doesn't make you any better than the extremists who perform acts of terror and violence. I can't stand ignorance.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
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