The massive University of Texas campus in Austin had to be evacuated this morning because of a bomb threat, according to police and university officials. Students were told to get as far away from campus buildings as possible.
But police have yet to find any bombs on the campus.
There was also a bomb threat at North Dakota State University in Fargo, forcing officials to evacuate all the buildings on campus.
In Austin, university officials issued a statement saying they received a call at 8:35 a.m. “from a male with a middle eastern accent claiming to have placed bombs all over campus. 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,” according to The Statesman.
An alert was placed on the school’s website, warning the school’s 51,000 students to “Immediately evacuate ALL buildings and get as far away as possible.”
“It was a general bomb threat on campus,” a campus police spokesman said. “We are evacuating all buildings to ensure everyone’s safety.”
But at 10 a.m., nothing happened.
At North Dakota, a security alert was posted at 9:49 a.m., telling the school’s 14,000 students they must leave campus by 10:15 a.m.
But no bomb has been found in Fargo either.
The bomb scares come a day after a man who wasn’t a student was shot at Morgan State University in Baltimore by another man who also was not a student.