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Fayetteville State University Deemed Safe Following Bomb Threat

Posted July 22, 2003 2:32 a.m. EDT

— Officials have deemed the campus safe, but Fayetteville State University remains closed Tuesday following a morning bomb threat.

Police said a university operator received the following call at 8:15 a.m: "You've got 30 minutes before we blow the campus up."

Officials said the threat was so general, the entire campus was quickly evacuated as a precaution.

The campus was deemed safe by authorities by 3:30 p.m; however, university entrances remained blocked. As a precaution, only students who live on campus and essential personnel are allowed back on campus Tuesday night.

Bomb-sniffing dogs from the Air Force and the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office went from building-to-building, checking the campus for anything suspicious. Nothing was found.

During the summer session there can be as many as 1,400 students and 600 faculty members and staff on campus.

The threat was a disappointment to dozens of children attending a basketball camp on the Bronco's home court. Instead, they spent the day at a nearby recreation center.

Despite the inconvenience, basketball coach Sam Hanger said you cannot take chances with safety.

"I went over to get the emergency contact numbers and I was worried myself, so you've got to go with it. Life presents obstacles, you overcome them. That's what we teach our kids so hopefully this will work toward improving their development," he said.

Police said they know where the call came from and they will begin a criminal investigation.

Classes and activities are expected to resume on schedule Wednesday.