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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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UPDATE: Campus reopens after bomb threat

6:25 P.M. UPDATE -- Princeton University reopened its campus at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, about eight hours after students, faculty and staff were evacuated because of a bomb threat.

The University received a phone call from someone who said multiple bombs were placed throughout campus at unspecified locations. After determining that the threat was credible, University officials ordered the campus evacuated. Faculty and staff were sent home; students were told to go to public places in the town of Princeton, including the Princeton Public Library, the Princeton Arts Council and the Nassau Inn.

The University's Department of Public Safety worked with multiple law enforcement agencies to investigate, including the Princeton Police Department, Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, Mercer County Sheriff's Department and Prosecutor's Office, Monmouth County K-9 unit, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Transit Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in from law enforcement agencies and searched campus in a coordinated effort with University staff members. No explosive devices were found. The University takes all threats to the safety and well being of its community members and visitors seriously.

The Department of Public Safety will continue to work with law enforcement agencies as they investigate the source of the threat. The campus bomb threat was one of similar threats received in other locations elsewhere in the United States on Tuesday.

University operations have returned to normal, although anyone involved in events scheduled Tuesday evening should check with event organizers to see if they are still on.

TigerTransit will resume its normal schedule Wednesday morning.

5:15 P.M. UPDATE: Searches of campus continue and further progress has been made. The University still hopes to reopen this evening but no final decision has been made.

When a decision is made, students, faculty and staff will be notified through the University's PTENS emergency messaging system. The University homepage will be updated then.

3:30 P.M., 11 JUNE UPDATE: After bomb threat, campus searches making progress

In the aftermath of a bomb threat, searches of the Princeton University campus are continuing and significant progress has been made this afternoon. The searches are expected to continue for a few hours more, and University officials hope to reopen campus this evening. However, no decision to reopen will be made until the searches are completed.

As of 3:30 p.m., no explosives had been found. Bomb-sniffing dogs brought in from law enforcement agencies were on campus, and University officials were doing other searches. The bomb threat at the University was one of a number of similar threats around the United States today.

Also, TigerTransit service has been suspended until Wednesday morning.

Check the University homepage for updates; the next scheduled update will come at about 5 p.m.

2:30 P.M., 11 JUNE UPDATE: Campus evacuated due to bomb threat; Building checks continue

The search of campus buildings in the wake of a bomb threat continues this afternoon. Bomb-sniffing dogs from law enforcement agencies are being led through various buildings, and University staff are also checking locations across campus. The search is expected to last for several more hours and no estimated time of completion is available.

The University continues to coordinate with local, state and federal authorities in investigating the bomb threat.

Check the University homepage at 30 minutes after the hour for regular updates. If information becomes available sooner, it will be posted promptly.

1:33 P.M., 11 JUNE UPDATE: Campus evacuated due to bomb threat; Building checks underway

Law enforcement authorities are inspecting buildings on the Princeton University campus in the wake of a bomb threat. Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in, and the search of campus facilities was expected to take several hours. No estimate on when the building sweep might be completed was available at the time of this update. The University takes all threats to the safety and well being of our community members and visitors seriously and is fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation.

12:03 P.M., 11 JUNE UPDATE: Campus evacuated due to bomb threat

Following a bomb threat to multiple, unspecified buildings on campus, the University has been evacuated. The University's Department of Public Safety is investigating the threat with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Faculty and staff are directed to go home or assemble at evacuation sites as instructed, and students are directed to go into the town of Princeton, where the Nassau Inn, Princeton Public Library and Princeton Arts Council buildings are open to them.

Except for essential workers from Public Safety and the Department of Facilities, employees are not expected to return to campus for work today.

The University will continue to update the homepage as more information becomes available. The next update is expected around 1:30 p.m.

10:00 A.M., 11 JUNE - BOMB THREAT ON CAMPUS; evacuate immediately

There has been a bomb threat to multiple unspecified campus buildings. Please evacuate the campus and all University offices immediately and go home unless otherwise directed by your supervisor. Public Safety officers and Princeton Police will direct drivers leaving the campus and those without cars will be directed to evacuation sites. You will receive an update later today. Do not return to campus for any reason until advised otherwise.

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