Bomb threat at University of Texas at Austin leads to evacuation

This morning was frightening for faculty, staff, and students of University of Texas at Austin. There was call made to the school claiming there were bombs throughout the campus that would go off at a specific time. Students and staff were forced to evacuate all buildings until further notice. After a search of the campus, no bombs were discovered and students were however allowed back on campus at noon.

““At 8:35 a.m. the university received a call from a male with a Middle Eastern accent claiming to have placed bombs all over campus,” UT officials said in a statement. “He said he was with Al Qaeda and these bombs would go off in 90 minutes. President Powers was notified and it was decided to evacuate all of the buildings out of an abundance of caution.”

When university officials sent out an order to evacuate, students and faculty received phone text messages and e-mail telling them “immediately evacuate ALL buildings and get as far away as possible.”

UT wasn’t alone in receiving threats on Friday.”

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