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. Crystal

    Apparently, the threat was made by someone with a "middle eastern" accent who said he was with Al-Qaeda and had placed bombs all over campus. Probably a prankster. I hadn't made it to class yet so I didn't see what the evacuation entailed.

    September 14, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. blahb31


    September 14, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Midterms on September 14?

      September 14, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • blahb31

      I teach MWF classes and we gave the first of four midterms this week. Since I only have 50 minute classes, it's necessary.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tejas Trivia

    The populations of Texas and Iraq are about the same.
    For 50 points, which has the most security forces in place.
    10 pt. BONUS question: Obituary columns. Which one is big like Texas?
    1 pt. consolation question: Why were there no roots growing out of the dirt walls of the hole Saddam Hussein was supposedly hiding in for over a month?

    September 14, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • yes

      To get to the other side?

      September 14, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • truth1117

      a) if someone is living inside a dirt hole for a month then they're obviously laying on and picking at the hard tamped dirt, nothing would grow....not sunlight.
      b) Since when is Iraq known for its amazing grass, flowers, weeds, shrubs??? NOTHING was growing anywhere near the hole.

      Dumb post.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. kdont

    What is wrong with you? This isn't a time for petty rivalry BS. We've always supported your school when you were in trouble. Too much to ask for you to do the same apparently.

    September 14, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jon

    Yes, because if al Qaeda attacks, the University of Texas will be high on their list of targets. New York, LA, Chicago and other large cities be damned.

    September 14, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      And they would call first too.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • SL

      Austin is one of the biggest cities in the country, it has a military installations, and is the capital of one of the more prospers states in the Union. I don't know why it wouldn't be a good target according to you.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. Terrie

    Highly unlikely someone actually with Al-Queda would call ahead. They would just blow the place up if they could. But better safe than sorry.

    September 14, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. American

    Must be the Muslims!

    September 14, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Chemical Castration®

      In Austin? Austin is the last place they'd attack. This is probably a Glen Beck fan with a telephone.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |

    Hey Obama, hope you enjoy Vegas!

    September 14, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. kestrel777

    Sounds like someone had a test today....

    September 14, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. Blain

    North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND also recieved a threat and is evacuating the entire campus

    September 14, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. RogueAries

    to bad the Aggies couldn't show up against Fl.

    September 14, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Aggie98

      Hey.. this just in... Buc-ee's convenient stores close due to low shirt sales. Evidently all the t.u T-shirt fans don't want anything to do with WV being the next Big-12 powerhouse.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joe

    Texico, you have no class. Just like the aggrieved you are.

    September 14, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. truth1117

    "religion of peace" continues its peaceful ways.

    September 14, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Captain Obvious

      I assume you're referring to Christianity. As this was obviously some redneck Texan pulling a "prank."

      September 14, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Leonard

      Read the book of Joshua? Not exactly a message of love and acceptance.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • truth1117

      Well, yeah Christianity revolves around forgiveness and loving your neighbor as you would technically it is a religion of peace. You don't see Christians blowing people up in the name of the religion. With Islam you do.

      So you've obviously never been to Austin if you think it is filled with rednecks or Christians....and since when have rednecks been Christian?? lol. Dumb post.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |

      No need to read the book of Joshua when you have a more recent account of peaceful christians. It called american history 101.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chemical Castration®

      ""religion of peace" continues its peaceful ways." Yep, a Christian made a bomb threat.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr P

      Religion of peace?? Have you ever heard the words "Crusades" and "Inquisition"?? All religions have killed in the name of God... just a thought. Instead of Americn history 101, try world history...

      September 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Andrea

    Don't be that person – UT has always stood by A&M during tragedies and Aggies will stand by them.

    September 14, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. truth1117

    How smart of them to call ahead of time so the campus could be evacuated.


    September 14, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
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