Harvard Bomb Threat Hoax Disrupts Final Exams

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Boston, MA, United States (4E) – Three buildings and a dormitory at Harvard University were evacuated on Monday morning in response to a phoned-in bomb threat.

The university’s web site and emergency alert system, which includes text and e-mail messages, announced at 9 a.m. the evacuation of the Harvard Science Center, Sever Hall and Emerson Hall, where undergraduate students were about to take their final exams, plus the freshman dormitory, Thayer Hall, according to the school’s newspaper, The Harvard Crimson.

The announcement cited “unconfirmed reports” of explosives at the buildings as prompting the evacuation of students, faculty and staff “out of an abundance of caution.”

State, MBTA Transit, Cambridge, Boston, and university police plus Cambridge firefighters went to the campus to search for explosives and investigate. The FBI also joined the investigation.

Police closed streets in the area until noon, said Cambridge Police Deputy Superintendent Steven DeMarco. A nearby high school and elementary school as well as the Harvard Square commercial center were temporarily locked down.

Transit Police swept the Harvard Square subway station, but nothing was found, MBTA spokeswoman Kelly Smith said, according to Boston.com.

By 2:44 p.m., the university declared all four buildings safe with no bombs found.

Meanwhile, college officials have rescheduled the disrupted final term exams running through Friday.

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