MTSU Receives Bomb Threat; One Building Evacuated on Campus
March 28, 2008
MURFREESBORO—A bomb-threat call was made to Murfreesboro City Police today at approximately 11:25 a.m., with the caller saying a bomb had been placed in the Business and Aerospace Building at Middle Tennessee State University. City police immediately notified the MTSU police.
Police and emergency officials evacuated the building, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol brought in bomb-sniffing dogs to go through the building.
University officials canceled all classes and events for today in the Business and Aerospace Building. Law enforcement personnel from the university, the city and THP are continuing to comb the building.
The bomb threat came from a telephone at the Kangaroo convenience store located on the corner of Rutherford Boulevard and Broad Street in Murfreesboro. A surveillance camera showed a male subject getting into a 2-door, white SUV and driving off.
MTSU officials sent out an emergency text message and e-mail message at 11:58 a.m. Alert updates have been posted on an ongoing basis at www.mtsu.edu. An emergency hotline message can be heard by dialing 615-898-2000.
**At 3:05 p.m., police officials declared an all-clear for the BAS. Students are being permitted to return to the building to recover their belongings; however, the building will remain temporarily locked down. Faculty and staff with keys may access the building.
All Saturday classes and/or events in the Business and Aerospace Building will be held as scheduled.
Please go to www.mtsu.edu and click on the hot link for alert updates. Information is also on the emergency hotline at 615-898-2000.