Threatening caller with Middle Eastern accent forces Univ. of Texas evacuation

6:19 PM, Sep 14, 2012   |    comments
A message on the Univ. of Texas website forced the evacuation of the entire campus Friday morning.
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(WXIA) -- The University of Texas and North Dakota State University evacuated all of their buildings due to threats on both campuses Friday morning.

"Immediately evacuate ALL buildings and get as far away as possible," read a message posted at 9:53 a.m. on the UT emergency alert website. "More information to come."

UT Director of Communications Rhonda Weldon said the university got a call around 8:35 a.m. from a male with a Middle Eastern accent claiming to have placed bombs all over campus.

He said he was with al-Qaida and that these bombs would go off in 90 minutes.

The campus was evacuated out of an abundance of caution.

A sweep of the campus found no suspicious devices in any building on the college campus.

Total enrollment at UT is more than 55,000.

North Dakota State Univesity in Fargo, ND also ordered a full campus evacuation Friday morning. NDSU told all employees and students to leave campus within a half-hour due to a bomb threat.

A sweep there also turned up no suspcious devices, and classes resumed there Friday afternoon.

More than 14,000 students are enrolled at NDSU.

(KXAN Austin contributed to this report.)

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