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Bomb threat forces evacuation of 8 buildings at University of Minnesota

Archie Ingersoll
The Associated Press
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ” Eight buildings at the University of Minnesota were evacuated Wednesday after a professor discovered a bomb threat.

The professor found a note in Smith Hall that included a bomb threat against several campus buildings. The buildings, including a library, were evacuated and classes in those buildings were canceled for the day.

The threat came two days after a 23-year-old Virginia Tech student killed 33 people on campus, including himself.



Universities and public schools in at least five other states also received threats Wednesday, and many of those ordered temporary lockdowns or evacuations.

Some of the threats mentioned Monday’s rampage, the deadliest by a lone gunman in modern U.S. history; the note in Minneapolis did not.



University of Minnesota Police Chief Greg Hestness said the bomb threat had specific targets and gave a time frame of before 10 p.m. Wednesday. He said he was aware of the empty threats made against many schools around the country since Monday, but he couldn’t discount the chance of a real attack.

“I don’t think we could err on the side of not believing it,” he said.

Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in to sweep the evacuated buildings. Nothing unusual was found, but police said the buildings would be kept closed and observed overnight. The buildings were expected to reopen Thursday.

In East Hartford, Conn., a man was arrested Wednesday on charges of taking a pellet gun to the mayor’s office and telling a secretary, “College campus, here we go,” a reference to the Virginia Tech massacre. No one was injured.


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