UPDATE: Classes resume at Louisiana State after bomb scare

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Louisiana State University officials say classes have resumed a day after a bomb threat evacuated the Baton Rouge campus.

University spokesman Herb Vincent said Tuesday that LSU police are leading the investigation into who called in a bomb threat Monday morning.

Thousands of students, professors and workers left campus after a threat was phoned into 911. Police and bomb-sniffing dogs swept through 250 buildings before giving the all-clear.

Campuses in Texas, North Dakota, and Ohio were evacuated Friday after receiving bomb threats, but police found no explosives. LSU officials say it isn't clear if the threats are related.

Monday, Sept. 17, 2012

8:50 p.m.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A Louisiana State University spokesman says the thousands of students who live on the Baton Rouge campus will be able to return to their dormitories after bomb-sniffing dogs and police methodically swept residential halls following a threat that sparked a campus-wide evacuation.

LSU spokesman Herb Vincent said officials hope to reopen the campus by Monday night, but they aren't certain if a sweep of all campus buildings will be complete before Tuesday.

Thousands of students, professors and workers were told to leave campus Monday morning after a threat was phoned into 911 about 10:32 a.m.

Authorities conferred with counterparts in Texas, North Dakota and Ohio, where similar threats were received Friday. But officials say they're not sure if the Monday phone call was connected. Police found no explosives at LSU or the other campuses.

4 p.m.

The most recent update from the LSU website:
"LSU Police, with support from multiple law enforcement agencies, continues to investigate a bomb threat on the LSU campus. The evacuation of the LSU campus is still in effect. Campus buildings are currently being searched by LSU personnel with support of law enforcement. Buildings deemed ready to return to normal operations will be determined on a building-by-building basis."

1:40 p.m.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Louisiana State University's main campus is being evacuated following a bomb threat.

LSU police said Monday on their website that they are investigating the threat at the Baton Rouge campus. Students and others were asked to evacuate "as calmly and quickly as possible."

Police did not provide details. There are 30,000 students, professors and university employees located on the campus.

Capt. Doug Cain of the Louisiana State Police says state police bomb technicians are on the scene. Cain says police are talking to their counterparts in states where university bomb threats were reported last week to determine whether there are similarities.

Campuses in Texas, North Dakota and Ohio were evacuated Friday after receiving bomb threats, but police found no explosives.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)


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