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University of Texas evacuated due to "threats on campus"

University of Texas evacuated due to "threats on campus"

At 9:53 a.m. on Friday, the University of Texas sent an evacuation message to all students and staff on campus. The emergency page of the UT website states:

September 14, 2012 9:53 am by clatham

Evacuation due to threats on campus. Immediately evacuate ALL buildings and get as far away as possible. More information to come.

All buildings are being evacuated due to multiple threats. KXAN reports:

UT Director of Communications Rhonda Weldon said the university got a call around 8:35 a.m. from a male with a middle eastern accent claiming to have placed bombs all over campus. He said he was with Al Qaeda and that these bombs would go off in 90 minutes. President Williams Powers has been notified, and officials are now evacuating all of the buildings out of an abundance of caution.

At 10:25 a.m., UT updated its report with the following information:

Buildings being checked/cleared. Stay away from buildings. No decision on afternoon classes/activities.

At 10:46 a.m., UT Austin tweeted:

Time specified in phone threat has passed but we have not yet cleared all buildings. Decision to resume operations&classes will come shortly

At 11:38 a.m., UT posted that Friday's classes are cancelled, but activities will resume at 5 p.m.:

All activities except classes will resume at 5 p.m. Buildings may be reentered at noon. Today's classes are cancelled.

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Evacuated students on Red River Courtesy of KXAN