Bomb Threats Prompt Evacuations At Texas Universities

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(CNN) — A bomb threat prompted evacuation of the University of Texas campus at Austin on Friday.

The FBI and a university spokeswoman downplayed the seriousness of the threat, although students had been told earlier to “get as far away as possible.”

Police and federal authorities, including a bomb squad, are currently investigating, officials said.

“It was a general bomb threat on campus,” said a campus police spokesman. “We are evacuating all buildings to ensure everyone’s safety.”

About 51,000 students attend the flagship university, which is located in central Texas. University spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon said that at any time up to 70,000 people could be on campus.

A second bomb threat also surfaced Friday at the North Dakota State University, which ordered a campus-wide evacuation.

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