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. Tsumz

    NDSU also has a immdiate evacuation as well, Bomb threat as well.

    September 14, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Adnan Khan

    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.

    September 14, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      We are sure glad you emphasize with them. Whatever that means.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Crystal

      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.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. wayne

    this is what diversity and tolerance gets you... : (

    September 14, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Deez

      What are you talking about?

      September 14, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • terri

      Really? You blame tolerance and diversity? Seems to me it is those who can't stand change who are attacking progress.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Logic hurts

      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?

      September 14, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • mrsharfer

      Political correctness is going to get us killed. Liberals are dolts.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • wayne

      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

      September 14, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Lee-Lee

      Using big words does not make you right.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • wayne

      sage argument there lee-lee. thanks for playing.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chemical Castration®

      "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.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • wayne

      ignorance of what specifically?

      September 15, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. gdaym8

    Hey al Qaeda , or whoever you are. DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS!!! You won't like the outcome....

    September 14, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Chemical Castration®

      It was some guy named Al Kider. He'll be bragging all over the bars tonight.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cyndi

    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.

    September 14, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • RedinAustin

      It's an away game this week.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • RedinAustin

      Sorry, clicked before I finished my thought. It's an away game this week. It's probably someone bitter about not getting to go.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • rob-in-austin

      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.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jblah

    well 11am EST has come and gone. must have been a prank call. someone did not want to take a test.

    September 14, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    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

    September 14, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. scott

    This is what happends when you force multiculturalism onto people

    September 14, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • RedinAustin

      You get bomb threats? By all means, let's all be completely intolerant and xenophobic. That always works out so well.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Chemical Castration®

      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.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bxgrrl

    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.

    September 14, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • wayne

      uh, how so/

      September 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • wayne

      willful ignorance of WHAT?

      yeah. just what i thought. just another youngster that cant do more than regurgitate liberal indoctrination buzzwords.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chemical Castration®

      "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.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    Don't forget BEVO...

    September 14, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jay

    ATX...always striving for attention psh...

    September 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chemical Castration®

    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.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • MakesYouWonder

      You would think that they would cut off his dialing fingers before his nuts to prevent future calls lol

      September 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • RedinAustin

      Maybe they just decided to take him out of the gene pool altogether.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • truefax

      It's a good way to get a school out of having to take the State tests.

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

      I think you assumed that he was dialing with his fingers!

      September 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scott B

    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.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      says future causality Hugh Dummas

      September 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike M.

    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.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott B

      Why are you so scared of something that you have no real knowledge of?

      September 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lynnmarie2u

    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.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
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