Bomb threats force evacuations at top universities across the US

Reuters reported Sunday that police had given the “all clear” after a series of bomb threats at top universities across the U.S. forced students and staff to evacuate from campus buildings.

The threats were reportedly called in earlier Sunday to elite schools including New York’s Cornell University and Columbia University, as well as Brown University in Rhode Island.

“Hours later,” Reuters reports, “police at each campus said the threats were not credible.”

“False bomb threats”

A similar bomb threat rocked Yale University in Connecticut on Friday, but it was also determined to be unfounded, according to Reuters.

USA Today reports Ohio University also received a bomb threat Saturday, which university police was not credible.

Another Ohio school, Miami University, was also the subject of a bomb threat Saturday that was later found to be “unsubstantiated,” USA Today said. On Thursday, Cleveland State University received a similar threat.

“Locking it down”

Reports indicated that law enforcement has not confirmed whether these threats are connected. However, police at Ohio University seemed to tie the threat there to others across the nation, writing in a tweet that the “source” of that threat was “the same as several other false bomb threats recently made to other universities.”

According to Fox News, students at the schools described the situations on campus as chaotic. “There was a bunch of confusion for a solid hour or so on whether there was an active shooter or a bomb threat. So there was a lot of chaos,” one Cornell student told the network. “I was grabbing Starbucks, and they said they were locking it down.”

Another student at the New York school shared a video on social media of people evacuating from a campus building.

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