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UT President: ‘Campus safe’ after bomb threat

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University of Texas in Austin officials ordered an evacuation after a bomb threat was made Friday. (Source: UT-Austin) University of Texas in Austin officials ordered an evacuation after a bomb threat was made Friday. (Source: UT-Austin)
North Dakota State University issued an emergency alert on its website Friday following a bomb threat. (Source: ndsu.edu) North Dakota State University issued an emergency alert on its website Friday following a bomb threat. (Source: ndsu.edu)
People leave campus at UT-Austin after a bomb threat was made Friday. (Source: YNN) People leave campus at UT-Austin after a bomb threat was made Friday. (Source: YNN)
University of Texas in Austin sent out an emergency message after a bomb threat was called in Friday. (Source: UT-Austin) University of Texas in Austin sent out an emergency message after a bomb threat was called in Friday. (Source: UT-Austin)

(RNN) - No explosives have been reported at University of Texas in Austin or North Dakota State in Fargo after the schools received bomb threats Friday.

"We're extremely confident that the campus is safe," said UT-Austin President Bill Powers at a news conference. "We are allowing people to go back into buildings."

Powers spoke at the conference with Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, city manager Marc Ott and Robert Dahlstrom, the university's chief of police.

Powers said an unspecified threat came into the school's main phone line about 8:30 a.m., and that officials evaluated the threat with local and federal agencies.

"It got to the point where we thought the prudent thing to do was to clear all buildings," he said.

The word to evacuate was given through social media, online and through texts.

Both UT-Austin and North Dakota State ordered evacuations of all students and staff. NDSU planned to reopen campus, and full operations are scheduled to resume at 2 p.m., according to the school's website.

At 11:38 a.m. CT, UT-Austin officials announced via Twitter that buildings would be reopened at noon, and activities except for classes would resume at 5 p.m.

Director of communications Rhonda Weldon said the caller's accent was "Middle Eastern" and he claimed to be with al-Qaida.

"We heard the fire alarm and it was like ‘evacuate immediately,'" Keila Crosby, a student at UT-Austin, told YNN. "Then we went downstairs and we got the text that said, ‘Evacuations due to threats on campus, immediate evacuate all buildings, get as far away from the buildings as possible, further information to come.'

"Everyone's saying it's a bomb threat. So that's kind of what we're working with right now. I was in my friend's room getting ready a sticky note to put on a cupcake for my friend's birthday. Now we just have to wait and see what happens." 

At 10:46 a.m., @UTAustin tweeted the time specified in the threat had passed, but they had not completed a search of all buildings.

In Fargo, police Lt. Joel Vettel and NDSU President Dean Bresciani held a news conference at 10:45 a.m. CT. They said the threat made against the school was not specific, so they decided to do a full evacuation.

Vettel said police have been in contact with officials in Austin, but there had been no information connecting the two threats.

Campus police announced the evacuation through an emergency alert at 9:49 a.m. 

"NDSU is requiring all employees and students to leave campus by 10:15 a.m.," it stated. "This includes residence hall students, who, if necessary, should walk to locations off campus."

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