Texas A&M reopened after bomb threat evacuation

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by MARJORIE OWENS & MATT GOODMAN

WFAA

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 19 at 5:28 PM

COLLEGE STATION - Texas A&M University was reopened more than four hours after the campus was evacuated following a bomb threat.

The university issued a "Code Maroon" that asked students to evacuate "by foot immediately" at around 11:34 a.m. A witness at the scene said students were calmly and slowly evacuating the area. The university urged students not to use vehicles in their evacuation.

Shortly before 1 p.m., officials said the investigation into the threat was still ongoing and crews were on campus searching the area.

The evacuation comes a day after Texas State University was evacuated after receiving a similar threat. Three buildings on the campus in San Marcos were evacuated around 9:40 a.m. and students were allowed to return in the early afternoon.

Over the last month, several other universities - including the University of Texas at Austin, North Dakota State and  Louisiana State -  were evacuated based on similar threats. In each case, the universities were later cleared without incident.

Classes were canceled for the day.

At 4 p.m., A&M officials said transit service resumed and the campus was reopened.

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