Bomb threats cause some US College to evacuate students
The University of Texas at Austin and North Dakota State University ordered evacuations Friday morning, citing bomb threats they received.
The Texas school told people to “immediately evacuate all buildings and get as far away as possible,” a notice on the school’s online emergency page and. The university’s Twitter feed had a similar message:
Evacuation due to threats on campus immediately evacuate all buildings get as far away from the buildings as possible. More to come.
(@UTAustin) September 14, 2012
The FBI and a university spokeswoman downplayed the seriousness of the threat. Police and federal authorities, including a bomb squad, are currently investigating, officials said.
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 11 a.m. ET.
North Dakota State University told its students and employees to leave campus entirely by 11:15 a.m. ET, according to its website.
“NDSU received a bomb threat, prompting this evacuation. Updates will follow,” the notice said.