University of Texas says all Austin campus buildings reopened at noon after bomb threat.
The university had issued an alert on its website ordering an evacuation "due to threats on campus" and asking everyone to leave quickly and "get as far away as possible."
"We received a bomb threat this morning from a man claiming to be part of al-Qaida," said university spokesman Gary Susswein. "He was saying there was a bomb on campus. Out of an abundance of caution, we're evacuating all buildings, making sure all buildings are secure."
According to the Houston Chronicle, the university received a call at 8:35 a.m. from a male with a middle eastern who said bombs were placed all over campus and they had 90 minutes to evacuate.
"He stated these bombs would go off in 90 minutes," the statement said. "President Powers was notified and it was decided to evacuate all of the buildings out of an abundance of caution."
UT employs employs about 24,000 faculty and staff and has more than 50,000 students.
At about the same time, North Dakota State University officials also ordered an evacuation of the campus, the Associated Press reports.
NDSU issued a statement at 9:49 a.m. Friday requiring all employees and students to leave campus within a half hour because of a bomb threat. No other details were given.
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