U. of Texas and NDSU orders evacuation, cites ‘threats’
UPDATE: AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The University of Texas says all university buildings have been cleared and are reopening after a bomb threat prompted an evacuation of the Austin campus. The university posted on its website that all classes have been canceled for the remainder of the day Friday but other university activities will resume by 5 p.m. The school had issued and alert shortly before 10 a.m. Friday telling people to immediately evacuate all campus buildings and “get as far away as possible” after the school received a phoned-in bomb threat. FARGO, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota State University has lifted its evacuation order. The university ordered all students and employees to leave campus Monday morning after it received a bomb threat. The university says is will reopen campus at 1 p.m. CDT and classes will resume at 2 p.m. It says university police will spend the next hour unlocking university buildings. The evacuation order at NDSU came about the same time as one at The University of Texas at Austin, where officials also say they received a bomb threat. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven says the agency is trying to determine if the two threats were related. More than 14,000 students are enrolled at NDSU. The university cleared its main and downtown campuses following the threat, along with all of its agricultural facilities. ORIGINAL STORIES: AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The University of Texas has issued an alert on its website ordering an evacuation “due to threats on campus.” The alert posted shortly before 10 a.m. Friday says people on campus should immediately evacuate all buildings and “get as far away as possible.” University of Texas director of communications Rhonda Weldon says the university received a call about 8:35 a.m. from a man with a Middle Eastern accent claiming to be with al-Qaida. The man said he had placed bombs all over the campus that would go off in 90 minutes. Wheldon says all the buildings were evacuated at 9:50 a.m. as a precaution. FARGO, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota State University officials are ordering the campus evacuated after receiving a bomb threat. NDSU issued a statement shortly before 10 a.m. Friday telling all employees and students to leave campus within a half-hour because of a bomb threat. No other details were given. The University of Texas at Austin also has ordered an evacuation after receiving a bomb threat. It is not known if the two threats are related. More than 14,000 students are enrolled at NDSU. She says no bombs have been found.