Breaking: University of Texas at Austin and North Dakota State University evacuated due to bomb threats; Update: Texas caller with Middle Eastern accent claims al Qaeda affiliation; Update: Threat at Valparaiso University in Ind.

The Statesman reports:

A UT official told the American-Statesman that the university had received multiple bomb threats to multiple buildings.

The school posted this emergency alert on its website:

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


UT Austin officials released a statement saying the man with the Middle Eastern accent claimed he “was with Al Qaeda and these bombs would go off in 90 minutes.”

UT Austin is reaching out to students and employees via Twitter:


North Dakota State is also evacuating due to a bomb threat:

More here:

The campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo is being evacuated this morning because of a bomb threat.

An emergency message sent out to students and posted on the university’s website this morning ordered all students and employees to leave campus by 10:15 am.

From the emergency message:

NDSU is requiring all employees and students to leave campus by 10:15 a.m. This includes residence hall students, who, if necessary, should walk to locations off campus. This also includes the downtown buildings and agricultural facilities.


Buildings at UT Austin are being checked and cleared.

Does the UT Austin mobile phone app need some updating for emergency situations?

Hyde Park Baptist Schools in Austin are now in lock down.

The Statesman reports that no reason has been given.

The time of detonation given by the person who called in the UT Austin bomb threat has passed, but officials are continuing to check the buildings.


A third campus threat at  Valparaiso University in Indiana:

The Post-Tribune reports:

Valparaiso University has posted a campus alert about potential danger during chapel break period, which happens at 11:15 Friday.

The alert, posted early Friday, says “an unspecific threat to campus was made through a graffiti message alluding to dangerous and criminal activity alleged to be carried out during the chapel break period on Friday.

“The broad threat provided no details with respect to location or type.

The campus is not being evacuated as authorities investigate.


More on the UT Austin situation:

Classes at UT Austin have been canceled for the remainder of the day.

Some students are less than pleased with the school’s response to the threat.

Twitchy will monitor the situation and update with breaking developments.


UT president Bill Powers held a press conference was held to update media on the situation:

“Thank you all for your patience,” UT President Bill Powers said as he entered the AT&T Center for a news conference. “We’re safe.”

The police chief spoke as well:

Police presence on campus is dissipating:


  • Shawn Collins
  • kvneal

    I know it must be taken seriously, but I would think Al Qaeda would call only a few minutes ahead to maximize deaths & still be able to claim credit.

    • kat

      Or not call at all and claim credit afterwards

      • Rusty Ware


    • TomJB

      kvneal I think you were right above. They would not call at all. But after the first blast, they would coordinate secondary ones to hit the first responders and rubberneckers standing around gawking like in the photos above. Then they would call to claim credit.

      • TugboatPhil

        Or just use the evacuation to gun down/car bomb the large crowd gathered at the street. Good thing that concealed carry is banned on most American campuses, someone could get hurt.

  • John Michael Davis

    Actually Al Qaeda would call several campuses and claim there are bombs there, and then have bombs planted on a campus or two that they do not call.

    • kvneal

      I taught at a university for many years. There was a time we were getting daily threats. Eventually, we just had security check the building daily. After we quite
      evacuating, the threats stopped. Real bombers won’t call ahead, or will call only to see the panic of people as they try to escape during the explosion. Sick.

    • TomJB

      Or, alternatively, they would call in threats against U Texas each of the next 5 or 6 weeks, until they stop believing them. Then do it for real.

  • leo d.

    boy i can tell ya… bomb threats are no picnic. i was with FEMA back in 1995/1996 and within 6months we got 2 bomb threats. first one i was the can doin’ my “bidness” when someone pounded on the door screaming rhat there was a bomb tjreags and we were to evac rhw building. second time i was on rhe phone with some in southern calif wjen.someone was running around screaming to evac due to another bomb threat…

  • Robert F Kiel

    Yes but if they had not evacuated and bombs went off then people would be saying why did you ignore the threat

  • Corrie Seames Caldwell

    You know, it could just be Joe Biden doing his best “convenience store owner” accent.

  • Edward Reyes

    al queda never calls to warn us of a bomb, they just would detonate that…am sure that is not al queda…but al gayda

  • Guest

    The world is in chaos and where is Obama bin Biden?

    • Conservativeanarchist

      Where in the world is Obamo? He’s in Las Vegas asking, where’s Mitt’s taxes?

  • michael s

    Hopefully these are all false. It appears psychos are exploiting international embassy attacks. Find them and prosecute them and give them terrorism charges.

  • TocksNedlog

    Yep, that’s al-Qaeda’s m.o. all right: warn people so that no one gets hurt.
    This is about as genuine as Patsy Ramsey’s ransom note. Remember that? The handwritten note that — on paper — began with the words “LISTEN very closely”.

  • TomJB

    In all seriousness, though. After viewing these photos, I sure hope police are keeping eyes open for people taking notes on emergency response to this.

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Well! We obviously have JUST NOT apologized enough for our imperialist insensitivity. A sad day to know we have provoked such antisocial behavior. I suppose we can be glad that at least it wasn’t some racist rightwing Teabagger with a gun.

  • Armando
  • Neil Leininger

    Love my university, hate selfish people doing stupid things.

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  • mwill

    some kid wanted a three day weekend

  • Alderman Farms

    LSU Baton Rouge campus evacuated this morning after phoned in bomb threat.