A reported bomb threat triggered evacuation and lockdown at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. A search by police has turned up nothing, however.
In a statement on Sunday afternoon, New York-based Cornell University reported that police were investigating a bomb threat on campus grounds.
“Ithaca Campus Law enforcement is on site and investigating campus bomb threat. Security perimeter is in place. Continue to avoid central campus,” the school tweeted.
A caller who phoned the police reportedly claimed that multiple bombs had been planted in various locations on the campus, including in the Law School, Goldwin Smith, Upson Hall and Kennedy Hall.
CornellALERT: for the Ithaca campus. Police received a call of bombs being placed in the Law School, Goldwin Smith, Upson Hall and Kennedy Hall.
The buildings were subsequently evacuated, with students and staff urged to stay clear of the area.
CornellALERT for the Ithaca campus: Avoid central campus. Evacuate areas in or nearby the Law School, Goldwin Smith, Upson Hall and Kennedy Hall. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
A video showed students fleeing the school’s library as part of the evacuation effort.
ppl fleeing uris library after a series of unclear crime threats at #cornellpic.twitter.com/UaPn5pSPf7
In an update on Sunday evening, the university said that police gave the all clear. “Law enforcement has concluded search of the Ithaca campus; no credible threats were found,” the school said.
CornellALERT: Law enforcement has concluded search of the Ithaca campus; no credible threats were found. It is safe to resume all normal activities.
Founded in 1865, Cornell University ranks among the top US national universities. Its campus in Ithaca sprawls across the area of some 745 acres, and features over 1,000 student organizations. It is one of the few private schools that is also a land-grant university of New York State.
The incident comes just two days after a bomb scare caused partial evacuation of the Yale University campus in Connecticut. The reports of multiple bombs in campus buildings turned out to be a false alarm. Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security responded to the incident.
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