UT Austin evacuated for bomb threat


AUSTIN, Okla. – Students have been given the “all-clear” after a bomb threat evacuated the University of Texas in Austin campus Friday morning.

According to UT Austin’s website, “Classes on the Main university campus are cancelled for the remainder of Friday, September 14, 2012. University buildings may be re-entered effective noon today. All University activities except for scheduled classes will resume at 5:00 pm this date.”

The alert, issued shortly before 10 a.m., said students and faculty should evacuate all buildings and get as far away as possible.

University officials said someone phoned in a bomb threat around 8:35 a.m.

A university spokesperson said the caller claimed to be with Al-Qaeda and said he had placed bombs all over the campus.

The caller also said the bombs would go off in 90 minutes. 

Most students got the alert via text message.

“I had literally just walked in and hadn’t sat down yet,” UT Austin student Annaliese Krumnow said, “I got the text and saw it and I looked around to see what everyone else was doing and everyone seemed normal and I was really confused. Then I saw a couple of other people pull out their phones and so I said, ‘Should we leave, what should we do?’ Our professor wasn’t there yet but one of the TA’s was like, ‘Everyone leave, everyone evacuate.’”