Bomb threat forces evacuation of several buildings on Brown University campus

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Several buildings on the Brown University campus were evacuated for several hours on Sunday afternoon following a report of a bomb threat.

According to a university spokesperson, a phone call came in prompting Brown University’s Department of Public Safety to evacuate several buildings near the university’s College Green.

Students our news crew spoke with showed them the text alert that was issued to them at 3:50 p.m.

“I was in absolute quite room just trying to get some work done. And then I heard some loud noises and saw some flashing lights and so I started leaving. Once I got out, I checked my phone and apparently there was a bomb threat,” Freshman Luc Azar-Tanguay said.

Brown University and Providence police officers completed a comprehensive search around 5:45 p.m. and found no evidence of a credible threat, according to the university spokesperson.

They said the buildings that had been evacuated are now reopen, and university operations have resumed as normal.

“Yeah it’s scary, but I’m sure they have it under control. Just kind of unfortunate to have my studying disrupted, but there’s more important things,” Azar-Tanguay said.

Earlier today, Cornell University and Columbia University had similar reports. Yale University also had a bomb threat called in on Friday.

This is a breaking news story and we will continue to bring you updates through the evening both online and on-the-air.

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