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Campus libraries receive bomb threat

Hunt Library will gain new exterior lighting in celebration of its 50th birthday. Above is a respresentation of what the animated lighting feature may look like on the facade of the building. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Photo Editor ) Hunt Library will gain new exterior lighting in celebration of its 50th birthday. Above is a respresentation of what the animated lighting feature may look like on the facade of the building. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Photo Editor )

Hunt Library, the Mellon Institute Library, and the Sorrells Engineering & Science Library in Wean Hall were the target of bomb threats Tuesday morning.

A campus alert message posted at 9:35 a.m. said that police were searching the buildings, but a mandatory evacuation had not been ordered. The message asked that people not already in one of the libraries stay away from the area until the police search was completed around 10:15 a.m.

A follow-up announcement at 10:30 stated that the libraries had returned to normal operations. "Bomb threats are felonies and individuals found responsible for such threats will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," the message said.

Both the campus alerts website and other parts of the main Carnegie Mellon webpage seemed to be offline due to heavy traffic following the announcements. The initial alert message had instructed users to visit the invalid URL "www.cmu.edu/slash alert" — instead of www.cmu.edu/alert — for further details.

Before Tuesday, the last Carnegie Mellon bomb threat occurred Feb. 27, when University Police and the Pittsburgh Bomb Squad evacuated and searched Warner and Smith halls. The threats here have bookended a series of more than 30 separate multi-building threats at the University of Pittsburgh, mostly occurring in March and April.