Four buildings at Harvard University were evacuated on Dec. 16 right around 9 A.M. after the school’s police department received a report that explosives were placed in four different buildings on campus.
State troopers, campus police, and bomb squads have responded to the scene in Cambridge, Mass. and are currently searching the campus after receiving “unconfirmed” reports of explosives. Morning final exams have been cancelled, Jay Harris, dean of undergraduate education announced at Annenberg Hall, where he informed the students what was going on.
Harvard University: Bomb Threat Causes Evacuation
The school released the following update on their website:
The Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) this morning received an unconfirmed report that explosives may have been placed in four buildings on campus: the Science Center, Thayer, Sever and Emerson Halls. HUPD and Cambridge Police are on the scene. Out of an abundance of caution, the buildings have been evacuated while the report is investigated. Harvard’s focus is on the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We will update the media when we have more information.
Students were asked to gather in Annenberg Hall if their building had been evacuated. After the dean made the announcement that those in the affected areas would not have their final exams, students applauded.
Harvard consists of approximately 6,700 undergraduates 14,500 graduate and professional students.
We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available.
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