COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M University's campus was shut down for about five hours Friday after an emailed bomb threat prompted an evacuation of more than 50,000 people and a building-by-building search.
A&M Police Lt. Allan Baron said officials were still searching some buildings late Friday afternoon, but no bombs had been found and people were being allowed to come back on campus to retrieve personal belongings and their cars. Evening activities campus, about 100 miles northwest of Houston, were set to go on as planned.
The threat also would not prompt extra security for Saturday's football game between sixth-ranked LSU and No. 20 A&M.
"We're not preparing for a high influx of problems. We're treating it like any other game that is sold out," Baron said.
High-traffic buildings and facilities, including dining and residence halls, had been cleared by police, Baron said, adding that he didn't know how many more buildings still needed to be searched.
Baron said the bomb-threat email was sent around 11 a.m. Friday to the university's computing information services center. Campus police were notified 15 minutes later and officials made the decision to evacuate by 11:30 a.m.
The threat indicated there was a bomb on campus but did not specify where it was located, he said.
The evacuation order, posted on the university's website as a "Code Maroon" warning, directed those on campus to immediately evacuate by foot and not to use a vehicle.
Bus service on the sprawling campus in College Station was rerouted during the evacuation, but it had resumed by late Friday afternoon.
After the evacuation, the campus seemed like a ghost town. People could be seen off-campus, sitting under trees or waiting at the local restaurants.
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