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University of Texas at Austin Evacuated After Bomb Threat

The University of Texas evacuated its flagship Austin campus after receiving a bomb threat.

No bombs had been found at 10:40 a.m. local time, the Associated Press reported.

A man with a middle-eastern accent called the school at 8:35 a.m. local time and said bombs had been placed “all over campus” and would go off in 90 minutes, the university said in an e-mailed statement.

“Immediately evacuate ALL buildings and get as far away as possible,” said a notice on the university’s website.

There were no reports of explosions at 10:30 a.m. local time. University police couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The evacuation was ordered “out of an abundance of caution,” Rhonda Weldon, a spokeswoman for the university, said in the statement.

UT has about 50,000 students at its campus north of downtown Austin.

North Dakota State University in Fargo, an institution of 14,000, also received a bomb threat and evacuated its campus, AP reported.

To contact the reporters on this story: John Hechinger in Boston at jhechinger@bloomberg.net; Kathy Warbelow in Austin at kwarbelow@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Merelman at smerelman@bloomberg.net

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