Princeton University ordered the campus evacuated Tuesday due to a bomb threat to "multiple unspecified campus buildings."
posting on the university website at 10:26 a.m. ET directed all
students and employees to go home and "do not return to campus for any
reason until advised otherwise."
The university said it is investigating the incident with "local, state and federal law enforcement agencies."
employees except for essential public safety and facilities staff were
told to go home or to evacuation centers and to not return to work until
Wednesday. Students were directed to the Public Library and other
buildings in the town of Princeton.
Regular classes have ended for
the summer and commencement was last Tuesday, according to a tweet from
the university. Most students left campus days or weeks ago.
Ivy League school, located in central New Jersey about 50 miles
southwest of New York City, is home to approximately 5,000 undergraduate
students, 2,500 graduate students and 1,100 faculty. Its campus
comprises 180 buildings on 500 acres. The Princeton area has about
About 98% of undergraduate students live on
campus, according to the university website. It was not immediately
known whether campus residence halls were being evacuated.
The Princeton threat was one of several incidents on Tuesday:
--A bomb threat near the Georgia state Capitol in Atlanta forced the evacuation
of five buildings housing the state attorney general's office and the
state Supreme Court, WXIA-TV reported. Bomb-sniffing dogs did not find
any explosives, and employees were allowed back inside around 11 a.m.
--A threatening phone call shortly after 6 a.m. prompted an evacuation
at Virginia's Richmond International Airport. Flights were halted and
canine units were brought in to sweep the terminals and the parking
decks. Nothing was found, and by 9:45 a.m. ET the airport had reopened.