BATON ROUGE — The main campus at Louisiana State University is being evacuated after a bomb threat was called into an area police department, according to The Advertiser.
“We determined there was a need to evacuate the campus,” said Associate Vice Chancellor Herb Vincent.
Traffic on campus immediately resembled the end of a Saturday night football game. LSU football coach Les Miles’ weekly press luncheon scheduled for noon was canceled.
“Tens of thousands” of students and staff could be affected by the threat, according to WAFB.
The threat also includes University High School, located on LSU’s campus, according to NBC33
Students whose parents have not picked them up by 12:30 local time will be “…sequestered in the new gym. The gym is being swept by bomb sniffing dogs now,’ NBC33 reported.
The LSU Emergency Operations Center has instructed anyone on campus to evacuate as calmly and quickly as possible.
Students were notified by a central texting program that automatically alerts them to dangers on campus.
Specifics about where the call came in or which area of campus was threatened have not been released, WAFB reported
There are 30,000 students, professors and university employees located on the campus.
Capt. Doug Cain of the Louisiana State Police says state police bomb technicians are on the scene. Cain says police are talking to their counterparts in states where university bomb threats were reported last week to determine whether there are similarities.
Campuses in Texas, North Dakota and Ohio were evacuated Friday after receiving bomb threats, but police found no explosives.
We’ll update you on the situation at LSU as more details become available