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. America=Nuts

    Did Bin Laden give a heads up about the 9/11 attacks. This is so fake I can't even believe it is making the news. Real bomb threats give pretty specific details. Someone calling saying there are bombs all over campus is not a legitimate threat.

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

    Lets see now

    The Book of Revelations said that ARMAGEDDON will start in the Middle East

    The Mayans say that the World will end Dec.21st.2012

    The Democratic Socialist Progressive Party along with their Obamanites and Zombies say that The GREAT OBAMA will be re-elected.

    Dang WHAT AWAY TO END 2012.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      And being a partisan hack will not further your agenda.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jordan

    Why do you conflate religion (islam) with race? Islam is a problem, and it is also a RELIGION. Stop using the race card when talking about a religion.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. firewalker

    Is it just ME ? but has anyone else noticed that all of Obama's friends are ANTI-AMERICAN?

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

      It's just you.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      Actually, it is just you and your friends.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herasmus B. Dragon

      Just you, idiot.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • lest we forget

      yup, it's just you.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LR

    The copy cats are lining up to get in on the action. All it takes is a phone call.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Josh

    What, does some terrorist just pass a note to the Dean in the hall?

    How do terrorists get these messages to these universities, without leaving any trace?

    September 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. us_1776

    FBI is going to be busy.


    September 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. goodspaceguy

    Frat pranks have gotten so much more intense since Animal House.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JB

    If al Qaeda wants to blow someone up, they're sure not going to warn them ahead of time. They'll just do it, then claim responsibility. Sounds like a student wanted a day off.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CNNuthin

    Looks like somebody forgot to study for the big test today.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sally Schuito

    and if the administration did nothing, and a bomb went off, the same people who seem to be criticizing for over-reacting would be acusing them of not taking the threat seriously.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      To say nothing about the lawsuits for millions

      September 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SumSmith

    First week of exams already?

    September 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • puckles


      September 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. nik green

    This is another way the US goes to war against the Muslims... pulling stunts in order to raise hate for them... since 1948

    September 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. SEKY

      Why is there no dislike button??? These may be pranks. But in case you have never read the news or watched tv, these radicals do a fine job all by themselves. They give plenty of reason for people not to like /hate them all by themselves. And that also has been going on way before 1948.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      It was Muslims who killed our people in Libya the other day. Over a movie that no one in America would ever see. All they've done is give the movie an audience.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • rosethornne


      September 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. pete

    You want free speech, there you have it.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Threatening speech is not recognized as free, protected speech.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pete

    We Americans like free speech. Well you have it. Be careful what you wish for cos you might get it.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Threatening speech is not recognized as protected speech.

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