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University Of St. Thomas Evacuated Following Bomb Threats

By: CICELY MITCHELL
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File photo of a crime scene. (Photo by Joseph Devenney/Getty Images)

File photo of a crime scene. (Photo by Joseph Devenney/Getty Images)

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Two separate and distinct bomb threats forced officials at the University of St. Thomas to evacuate the campus. As a result of the threats, the campus closed early Thursday.

According to the Houston Police Department, around 6:20 a.m. a school employee received an e-mail about a possible bomb in the library. Officials moved in and closed the library immediately. Within a few hours of that area being closed, another bomb threat was sent.

The second threat which was phoned into the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, prompted officials to send a campus-wide, massive alert to staff and students.

Bomb-sniffing dogs were deployed and searched the campus for bombs.

Officials are investigating the threats and will charge those responsible for making them, with making a terroristic threat.

Due to Thursday’s threats, scheduled events and activities at the university  were canceled until further notice. HPD officials implemented a sweep of the campus and looked to give an all-clear sign to school officials Thursday afternoon.

***3:23 p.m. EST***

Officials at the University of St. Thomas stated that the campus was safe and would reopen Thursday at 3:30pm, hours after classes were canceled due to two bomb threats made earlier Thursday. An all-clear notice to faculty, staff and students was sent at 1:30pm.

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