BATON ROUGE, La. — Students at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge remain evacuated from campus Monday afternoon four hours after police received a call claiming there was a bomb on university grounds.
East Baton Rouge Parish police took the 911 call at 10:32 a.m. (11:32 a.m. ET), spokeswoman Christine M. Calongne said.
Thousands of students, professors and workers were evacuated from Louisiana State University’s main campus Monday following a bomb threat, school officials said.
Chancellor William Jenkins called for the evacuation because of a threat phoned into 911 about 10:32 a.m., university spokeswoman Kristine Calongne said. The caller didn’t direct the threat to any specific area of the campus.
The university put out a statement on its website announcing the evacuation an hour later, then distributed the information through text messages, emails and social media.
“A bomb threat has been reported on the LSU campus,” the statement said. “Please evacuate as calmly and quickly as possible.”
There are 30,000 students, professors and university employees located on the Baton Rouge campus, but it was not clear how many were there at the time of the threat.
“Monday … is a very big class day, so I think the majority of that group was probably on campus at the time,” Calongne said.
By mid-afternoon, the LSU campus was largely deserted and roads were closed, though some people and cars were still moving around. Police officers with dogs combed through buildings, including the computer services center.
State police bomb technicians were on the scene, said Louisiana State Police Capt. Doug Cain. He said authorities were talking to their counterparts in Texas, North Dakota and Ohio to see if there were any similarities to threats universities in those states received Friday.
University officials in those states also evacuated their campuses, but police found no explosives.
The lastest text message from school officials was sent at 1:36 p.m. (2:36 p.m. ET), said LSU spokesman Ernest G. Ballard.
The text asked students to “stay off campus unless directed to return,” and to check lsu.edu for updates, Ballard said, adding that the investigation was still ongoing.
On Friday, the University of Texas and North Dakota State University both issued campus-wide alerts after threats that turned out to be unfounded.