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. Koranible

    What "this" is funny?

    September 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TJ

    Really? At this time? During this event? Both the Aggies and Longhorn alumni,fan,etc on here should be ashamed. Both are represented with zero class and dignity here.

    September 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rickapolis

    I'm afraid that now there will be copycats idiots who want to get out of class.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • abby1

      Other colleges have put out caution alerts to their students regarding these incidents.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Potrzebie

    Judging by where these occurred, I'd say it's right-wing nut-jobs trying to drum up hatred against Muslims.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HUMPMAN

    Well Neil Meyer and Obummer is better he has never ran so much as a lemonaide stand. couldn't imagine how in debt his stand would be,seeing how he destroyed a nation but i guess that was his goal. Whats he gonna do come January no more free vacays for his family on the tax payers dime.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • DebbieKat

      Says the poster who probably voted for GWB II who was on vacation most of the first 9 months of his presidency... lol

      September 14, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chemical Castration®

      Debbie, don't retort, just report.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Charms

    do not say "religion" caused this, rather; "Islam" caused this. I do not see Christians or Buddhists going around killing people

    September 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • DebbieKat

      Really? I think Dr. Tillman would beg to differ. What about the gays in Uganda, was it? Who sponsored that hatred? Open your eyes.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charms

      Debbiekat: only an imbecile like yourself would draw conclusions like that. Tillman? you mean Tiller? Muslims cause so much unrest in the world. Nigeria, Sudan, Paki, Libya, Egypt, etc. And don't forget the sponsors from Saudi and the 19 hiackers too. Perhaps you need to use your brain for once

      September 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Herman Munster

    Al Qaeda does not phone you to tell you they have planted bombs.....

    September 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chemical Castration®

      They WANT to believe it's Muslims. Texas Muslims, with big cowboy hats.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim

    Hey its Friday and an extra day off from studies, not much detective work needs to be done here. The Keg is in the bath tub and the party started a few hours early. No Islamic threat just some smart ass students wanting to extend the weekend. Toga, Toga, Toga...party on dude!

    September 14, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve Lyons

    Someone please tell Obama to stop messing with Texas. And CHECK HIS PHONE RECORDS ! ! ! ! ! Or did he seal those too?

    September 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ROCKY

    I learn this from these blogs: people are, by and large, stupid. I am SO happy that I am not people.

    September 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Are you the Flying Squirrel or the dude from the Horror Picture Show?

      September 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chemical Castration®

    Betcha the guy who called in those threats is also posting here today. FBI, word up.

    September 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • marjee123

      I think they are just trying to cause mischief and blame it on the president's security programs.

      September 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Andy Daniel

    In addition to being prosecuted for the hoax, the person, if caught and convicted, should be forced to pay for the cost of the police work AND the lost student time. I don't know what a year at those colleges costs, but lets assume $25K. A typical school has about 160 days of instruction, so $150 a day. Sounds like nothing, but when you take that away from 51,000 students you see a composite loss of about $7.5M. I'm fuly aware that there is virtually no chance that the perpetrator could pay that – but these are serious damages.

    September 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bob

    Age old trick of when you haven't studied for a test. When will they catch on?

    September 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Wow.
      They used to just pull the fire alarm...

      September 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason Bourne

      That was before they installed alarms that allow you to know who pressed them.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Curses, Jason Bourne!
      Foiled again! 🙂

      September 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jason Bourne

    1st of all Al Quida doesnt claim responsibility until after they have done something, should have sent of lights right there. Just some clown who didnt want to write his test

    September 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deeanna S.

      Yes, but what if you were on the campus like I was, and UTPD wouldn't tell you anything. I was walking back from class, in one of the larger buildings, when I got the message telling me to evacuate. We had no idea if it was a shooter, a bomb, or what. I didn't find out what was going on until about an hour later, when my dad a few hours away called me and asked if I was okay. We had no idea that there was a call, or where the threat was.

      September 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 1twinsfan

    Go Bison! Two of my kids went to NDSU. Great college. Now, for this serious matter – I hope the person or persons who called in these threats is caught and held accountable. I certainly hope it wasn't a student.

    September 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
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