Several campus buildings had to be closed to staff and students today in response to a bomb threat made directly to the FBI. Upon receiving the notification, the FBI alerted Ohio State University Campus Police whereby the university activated its alert system. Both students and staff responded orderly which prevented potential chaos often associated with bomb threats.
The buildings closed were Scott Laboratory, which houses mechanical engineering studies, Smith Laboratory containing anthropology classes and engineering labs, McPherson Chemical Laboratory and the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library. All classes will be cancelled in those buildings until the investigation has been finalized.
The tip obtained by the FBI indicated that explosives had been placed in specified buildings which prompted their evacuation and closure.
The search has not turned up any explosive devices or suspicious items; however, the investigation is ongoing. Although the bomb threat at this point appears to be a hoax, public safety officials are ensuring the campus is safe before the buildings re-open and classes resume.
Besides the library, which is along the campus green area called The Oval, buildings closed were McPherson Chemical Lab, which houses chemistry and astronomy departments, Smith Laboratory, which houses engineering experiments and anthropology, and Scott Laboratory, a mechanical engineering building.
This is the second university to receive bomb threats within the past week. FBI agents investigated a series of bomb threats made to Western Illinois University, the last one occurring last week. The investigation at Western Illinois University did not turn up any explosive devices. One individual has been arrested in connection with at least one of the five bomb threats to WIU.
Sources: CNN, NBC 4i, TIME