Princeton University Evacuates After Bomb Threat


An hours-long search for explosives on the Princeton University campus has turned up nothing so far.

Princeton officials say they expect the searches to continue for several more hours but hope to reopen the campus by the evening. No decision will be made until the searches are complete.

The Ivy League university evacuated nearly 7,000 people from its campus and off-campus buildings after receiving a phoned-in bomb threat at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Princeton says in a statement that it was one of a number of threats around the country Tuesday, although a school spokesman says he is unaware of anything linking them.

No classes are in session, though some summer programs are.

Atlanta airport evacuated after explosion in maintenance shed

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(Reuters) – A section of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was evacuated on Tuesday after a small electrical explosion in a maintenance shed caused minor damage but no injuries, airport and fire department officials said.

The explosion around 8:40 a.m. EDT caused a power outage in Concourse D, which was evacuated, but no fire or smoke was reported at the nation’s busiest airport, said Atlanta Fire Rescue Department spokeswoman Janet Ward.

Airport officials said the cause of the explosion was being investigated.

Despite the commotion, the flight-tracking website FlightAware reported no arrival or departure delays at the Atlanta airport by late morning.

In a separate incident on Tuesday, authorities reported a bomb threat at a building near the Georgia State Capitol in downtown Atlanta, said Tracey Watson, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety.

Two state buildings including one housing the Supreme Court of Georgia were evacuated due to the threat, and both have since been declared safe with people allowed back in, Watson said.

(Reporting by David Beasley and Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Maureen Bavdek)