Texas A&M evacuates campus after bomb threat

Published: Friday, Oct. 19 2012 1:25 p.m. MDT

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M University ordered all students, faculty and staff to evacuate campus Friday after the school received a bomb threat.

The evacuation order was posted on the College Station university's website as a "Code Maroon" warning. It directed those on campus to immediately evacuate by foot and to not use a vehicle. The school said all classes were canceled and the evacuation would remain in effect until further notice.

Texas A&M spokesman Lane Stephenson said the school received a telephoned bomb threat at about 11:30 a.m. He didn't immediately have any other information about the threat. The school posted on its emergency website shortly before 1 p.m. that the "investigation of threat continues."

Officer Rhonda Seaton, a spokeswoman for College Station Police, said her department was assisting with traffic control around campus but had no further details about the threat.

Texas A&M has more than 50,000 students, according to the school's website.

Last month, telephoned bomb threats at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as ones made to campuses in North Dakota and Ohio prompted tens of thousands of people to evacuate. No bombs were found at any of those campuses.

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