North Dakota State University, UT Austin Campuses Evacuated Following Bomb Threats

North Dakota State University, UT Austin Campuses Evacuated Following Bomb Threats

The campuses of both the University of Texas at Austin and North Dakota State University were evacuated today after bomb threats. Both schools issued orders to evacuate around 9 a.m. CT. At the moment, it's still unclear if the threats were related. According to UT Austin communications officer Rhonda Weldon, the school received a phone call at its main number from a man claiming to be a member of al-Qaeda.

"He spoke with a Middle Eastern accent and said there were bombs placed around campus," Weldon said. The school emptied buildings across campus while a bomb squad conducted an investigation. Nothing suspicious was found, and buildings were reopened around noon. All university operations, except for classes, will resume at 5 p.m. 

Students at North Dakota State University in Fargo were ordered to leave campus by 10:15 a.m. after a bomb threat was phoned in. Both the main and downtown campuses were evacuated. 

More details on this story as it develops.

[via NY Daily News and USA Today]

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