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UConn campus gets 'all clear' after vague bomb threat

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The Gordon W. Tasker building. (WFSB photo) The Gordon W. Tasker building. (WFSB photo)
UConn police blocked off roads back in April for a similar threat to the Tasker building. (WFSB file photo) UConn police blocked off roads back in April for a similar threat to the Tasker building. (WFSB file photo)

The University of Connecticut campus has been given the "all clear" by police following a bomb threat.

The threat was called in to the Storrs campus just before 11 a.m. Monday, via a Skype telephone line.

"UConn Police evaluated the threat and determined it was not credible," the school said in an alert. "Normal campus operations were resumed at 11:47 a.m."

UConn police said the threat was vague. At first, their alert reported that it involved the Tasker building. Later, however, they said that since the campus' main phone line goes through it, they weren't sure if the threat was meant for a specific building.

"They let us know, they sent us text messages, emails, they're right on top of it," said Angela Gibson.

Still, they urged anyone near the Tasker building to evacuate and for others on campus to remain in place.

Buses were rerouted around the Tasker building and ordered to shelter in place while police investigated.

The several dozen people who were evacuated were able to return about an hour later.

Police said they went to the building to double check. Nothing was found. They said their focus has shifted now to who made the call. They have not released the details of the call.

Police said they were investigating a Twitter account that apparently claimed responsibility.

"It was kind of frightening, but I'm sure they have everything under control, so it's all good," said Jasmine Lister, a first-year graduate student.

Police said that there were not many students on campus. Most were set to return Friday for Monday classes.

The Tasker building is the admissions building on campus. It's been the subject of an investigation before.

A bomb threat hoax was investigated there back in April. The hoax, according to police, prompted evacuations and canceled classes. That threat involved an out-of-state caller and two other schools, including Harvard University, received similar threats on that same day.

Police are looking into whether the two threats are connected.

Students and staff were urged to check UConn's alert website for updates. A link to it can be found here.

Anyone with information about the threat was asked to call UConn police at 860-486-4800 or submit a crime tip to 860-486-4444.

Police are advising students to always assume that all threats are real, remain calm and call 911, and know the locations of at least two emergency exits in buildings.

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