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Massachusetts Bay Community College evacuates all 3 campuses after finding 2 written bomb threats

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  November 5, 2013 03:51 PM

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Massachusetts Bay Community College evacuated all three of its campuses and cancelled classes and activities for the rest of today after two written bomb threats were found at the school's Wellesley and Framingham campuses, authorities said.

A Wellesley campus security officer found the first note in the early hours of this morning and reported it to school officials and the Wellesley police, said MassBay spokesman Jeremy Solomon. Police officers searched the campus and cleared it overnight, he said.

However, a second typed note was found around 2:45 p.m. today in a bathroom on MassBay's Framingham campus, stating that bombs were going to go off at a specific time in Framingham, said Framingham Deputy Chief Ron Brandolini.

"We decided at that time to close the college for the rest of the day and evening and evacuate all three campuses" in Framingham, Wellesley and Ashland, Solomon said.

A bomb squad and bomb-sniffing dogs swept the Framingham campus, clearing it just after 5 p.m. after the search did not find anything, Brandolini said.

All classes and activities are expected to resume Wednesday morning, Solomon said.

He said there is an ongoing investigation into the incident.

"We followed our protocol today, and erred on the side of caution due to the nature of these threats," Solomon said.

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