Harvard University Evacuates, Then Clears Four Buildings; Concern Over Explosives

Dec 16, 2013

Harvard University Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris addresses evacuated students in Annenberg Hall Monday morning after unconfirmed reports of explosives in four campus buildings.
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Sever Hall at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the buildings evacuated Monday.
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Four buildings at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts were evacuated Monday after there were unconfirmed reports of the presence of explosives. Thayer, Emerson, and Sever Hall were cleared in the early afternoon, and campus police said students may return. The Science Center was cleared shortly before 3:00 pm. No explosives have been found yet, according to The Harvard Crimson.

Final exams in the affected buildings, which were to take place Monday morning, were postponed. Access to Harvard Yard was restricted to those with Harvard identification.

The emergency webpage for the school announced that the Harvard University Police Department received an unconfirmed report that explosives may have been placed in those buildings. The four buildings were being evacuated, HUPD announced, "out of an abundance of caution," while the report was investigated. "The HUPD has no reason to believe there is a threat to any other site on campus," the school's police department said.

The Harvard Crimson reported that students have filled Annenberg Hall after being evacuated. It also reported that as of 11:00 am, HUPD said no explosives had yet been found.

This report contains information from The Associated Press.