Harvard Reopens Buildings After Bomb Scare
An email tip apparently triggered evacuations
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 16, 2013 9:02 AM CST
Updated Dec 16, 2013 2:23 PM CST
A police officer holds tape to keep people out from an area at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.    (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

(Newser) – Harvard University has reopened four buildings on campus after evacuating them this morning due to a bomb scare, the Harvard Crimson reports. Sever Hall, Thayer Hall, and Emerson Hall were all cleared in time for afternoon exams, and Harvard Yard was reopened before 2pm. An email tip prompted the threat, reports the Boston Globe, but a Harvard police spokesman refused to confirm. No explosives have yet been found. The school posted alerts on its emergency page and its Twitter account, clarifying that there were no reports of actual explosions, and that the evacuations were ordered out of an "abundance of caution."

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Dec 16, 2013 2:21 PM CST
"Town" police are investigating? And what "town" might that be, Newser? Harvard is in the City of Cambridge. Agencies reportedly on the scene include the Cambridge, Boston, and University police, the State Police, and the FBI. What an age we live in, where incidents like this have become almost routine. Sad and scary.
Dec 16, 2013 9:08 AM CST
Finals week hoax? I remember the old fire alarm pulls and bomb threats back at my alma mater, Purdue. This was especially true among core classes that everyone had to take, like COM100, where in any given semester 1,000+ students were enrolled and we all had to take the final in the orchestra venue on some random night.