12:15pm Update: Powers: ‘We are extremely confident the campus is safe’ (Press Conference)
12:08pm Update: William Powers, Jr. UT President speaking now about threat (KVUE News)
12:05pm Update: UT shuttles can return to campus, everything should be back on schedule by 12:30. Detours will be lifted soon as well. (Capital Metro News Twitter)
12:03pm Update: UT Staff being allowed back onto campus (KVUE News)
11:38am Update: All activities except classes will resume at 5 p.m. Buildings may be reentered at noon. Today’s classes are cancelled. (UT Facebook)
11:36am Update: UT Shuttle Busses have been suspended until situation is resolved (KVUE News)
11:27am Update: LBJ Library will be closed for the day (KVUE News)
10:45am Update: Time specified in the phone threat has passed but we have not yet cleared all buildings. A decision to resume operations, including classes, will come shortly. (UT Facebook)
(Fox 7 News) – The University of Texas at Austin campus was evacuated Friday and all classes canceled for the day after a man called in a bomb threat to the university.
According to UT Officials, a man with a ‘middle eastern’ accent, claiming to be affiliated with Al Qaeda, called into the university at around 8:30 and said that he had placed several bombs around the campus. The caller said the bombs would go off in 90 minutes.
The President of UT was notified and called for the evacuation of all of the buildings on campus. Cap Metro also suspended bus service on and around the campus.
The campus was searched and no explosions were reported after the time the bombs were allegedly set to explode. The University of Texas announced that buildings would reopen at noon and that all activities except for classes would resume after 5:00 p.m.
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS: http://www.utexas.edu/emergency/
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/UTAustinTX?ref=ts