CAMBRIDGE, MA – Harvard University announced Monday evening that law enforcement officials had cleared all four buildings closed earlier in the day due to an email bomb threat.
“Nothing to substantiate the emailed threat has been found and the investigation regarding the source is ongoing,” the University said in a written message to students.
Students were warned of the potential threat shortly after noontime when the university evacuated four buildings and restricted all access to Harvard Yard.
“…we received an unconfirmed bomb threat affecting the Science Center, as well as Sever, Emerson and Thayer Halls on the Cambridge campus. The buildings have been evacuated and law enforcement officials are on scene. Entry to the Yard is restricted,” said one several continuing updates.
Katie Lapp, Executive Vice President provided an official statement.
“The safety and security of members of the Harvard community is always our top priority. In the wake of recent tragic events in locations ranging from Paris to Beirut and beyond, we understand that this type of threat will cause great anxiety for many across our campuses. We will continue to be vigilant as we carry on Harvard’s mission of expanding and disseminating knowledge,” Lapp said.
Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted the Harvard University and Cambridge Police departments in the search.
The bomb scare was one of several received at schools and universities across the state.
Cambridge city schools, Fitchburg State University and the Cape Cod Community College were threatened. No explosive devices were reported found on any campus or city school.
The threats came at a time of unease and heightened security in the wake of two days that saw bombings and massacre of innocent civilians in Beirut and Paris.