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UConn issues ‘shelter in place’ due to bomb threat

The University of Connecticut issued an alert at its main campus in Storrs after a bomb threat was called into its admissions building.

The university urged those in or near the Tasker Building to evacuate immediately. A “shelter in place” alert was issued for other students and staff at 9:30 Thursday morning.

At 11:35 a.m., UConn reopened campus and resumed classes. The Tasker Building remained closed and under investigation.

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UConn used its alert system to explain its response to the threat:

Within minutes, the Tasker Building was evacuated and a campus alert was issued. As the UConn Police continued the emergency response, further investigation confirmed that the threat may have involved a firearm. In response, an additional alert was issued advising the campus to shelter in place. Based on a sweep of the building and the subsequent investigation into the call, UConn Police determined the threat was not credible. Other agencies assisted in the investigation, including the deployment of bomb detection and removal equipment from the Connecticut State Police.

Boston University also received a phoned-in bomb threat today, according to its official Twitter account. Boston police investigated and cleared all campus locations.

A gunshot fired at Ohio’s Kent State University prompted a shelter in place yesterday. No injuries were reported.

The alert comes amid celebration at UConn after its basketball program advanced to the Final Four. Earlier this week, the men’s and women’s teams at UConn earned victories that qualified them for the semifinals of the NCAA national championship. The men’s team takes on the University of Florida Gators on Saturday, April 5.

According to a local CBS affiliate:

The school said practice for the UConn women's basketball team has been canceled ahead of its trip to the NCAA tournament's Final Four.

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