The University’s of Texas at Austin and North Dakota State University in Fargo both ordered an immediate evacuation of all buildings this morning after phone threats were placed to the college’s that bombs had been placed all over campus.
The two colleges which are over 1,000 miles apart issued warnings for their students and staff to leave all buildings on their property after bomb threats were phoned in.
University of Texas at Austin Director of Communications Rhonda Weldon said the university got a call around 8:35 a.m. from a male with a middle eastern accent claiming to have placed bombs all over campus.
Immediately evacuate ALL buildings and get as far away as possible,’ read the message posted at 9:53 a.m. on the Texas university campus’ emergency alert website. ‘More information to come.’
The man claimed that he was with Al Qaeda and that these bombs would go off in 90 minutes.
Most students appeared to be leaving campus in an orderly and calm manner. Police blocked-off roads to the 50,000-student campus as lines and lines of cars sat in gridlock trying to get out.
No bombs detonated after 90 minutes and sources told ABC News that the bomb squad was not called.
By 10:30 a.m., the university issued another advisory saying that buildings were still being checked and that no decision had been made on whether the campus would reopen for afternoon classes.
Ashley Moran, a freshman from Houston, said she was waiting to get into class when word quickly began spreading among students to leave immediately. She described the evacuation as “orderly but tense.”
‘It makes me really nervous I just know we’re supposed to get out,’ she said.
Meanwhile, over 1,000 miles north in Fargo, the campus of North Dakota State University was being evacuated after a bomb threat was phoned in this morning.
An emergency message sent out to students and posted on the university’s website this morning ordered all students and employees to leave campus by 10:15 a.m.
‘This is an emergency message from North Dakota State University,’ read the alert.
‘NDSU is requiring all employees and students to leave campus by 10:15 a.m.
‘This includes residence hall students, who, if necessary, should walk to locations off campus. This also includes the downtown buildings and agricultural facilities.
‘NDSU received a bomb threat, prompting this evacuation. Updates will follow. ‘
More than 14,000 students are enrolled at NDSU.
The bomb threats at the universities followed a U.S. intelligence bulletin warning yesterday that the violent outrage aimed at U.S. embassies caused by a YouTube film mocking the Prophet Mohammed could spread to American.
The Department of Homeland Secuirty and the FBI said, ‘the risk of violence could increase both at hme and abroad as the film continues to gain attention.’
‘First responders should remain aware of the potential for spontaneous large crowds and protests that could overwhelm resources and should be vigilant for possible efforts to encourage peaceful protesters to commit acts of violence,’ continued the warning.
It urged ‘faith-based organizations to promptly report suspicious activities that could indicate pre-operational plotting against Jewish, Coptic, Islamic, or any other faith-based communities.’
It added that there was no information regarding any specific threats.
Source: Daily Mail