UPDATE (VIDEO): UT Austin classes canceled after bomb threat; Buildings to reopen at noon
POSTED: Friday, September 14, 2012 - 10:12am
UPDATED: Friday, September 14, 2012 - 11:54am
UPDATE (11:54m): Classes on the Main university campus are cancelled for the remainder of Friday, September 14, 2012, according to the UT Austin website.
University buildings may be re-entered effective noon today. All University activities except for scheduled classes will resume at 5:00 pm this date.
UPDATE (11:08am): We have attached video above of the scene at UT Austin. The video is provided to us courtesy of KXAN, a NBC affiliate.
The video includes an interview with an UT Austin student.
UPDATE (10:45 am): According to the Houston Chronicle, North Dakota State University has also been evacuated.
They received a statement just before 10:00am Friday requiring everyone to leave campus due to a bomb threat.
No further details have been given.
UPDATE 10:30am: According to CNN, the University of Texas at Austin was evacuated Friday due to a bomb threat, police and university officials said Friday.
"Immediately evacuate ALL buildings and get as far away as possible," said the alert on the school's website.
"It was a general bomb threat on campus," a campus police spokesman said. "We are evacuating all buildings to ensure everyone's safety."
Details of the threat were not immediately available.
About 51,000 students attend the flagship university, which is located in central Texas.
A second bomb threat also surfaced Friday at the North Dakota State University, which ordered a campus-wide evacuation.
UPDATE 10:15 am: According to the Austin American Statesman, UT Austin has released a statement which says:
"At 8:35 a.m. the university received a call from a male with a middle eastern accent claiming to have placed bombs all over campus. He said he was with Al Qaeda and these bombs would go off in 90 minutes. President Powers was notified and it was decided to evacuate all of the buildings out of an abundance of caution."
ORIGINAL STORY: The University of Texas at Austin is being evacuated due to a threat on campus.
The emergency alert issued to students and staff says: "Evacuation due to threats on campus. Immediately evacuate ALL buildings and get as far away as possible. More information to come."