Bomb threat causes evacuation of Morgan, Gallagher and Convocation Center


By Lisa PfaffStaff Writer

At approximately 2:30 p.m.  on April 10, a written bomb threat was found on campus at California University of Pennsylvania. Classes were canceled until 5 p.m., and evening classes were re-located so that they could be held in a safe environment.

“We were in class and the fire alarm went off. Everyone came outside and there was a rumor going around about a bomb threat…One of the detectives confirmed it was a bomb scare and we are waiting for the bomb detection dogs to come from Pittsburgh,” Dr. Cumings (professor of communication studies) said, immediately following the evacuation.

“Gallager Hall, the Convocation Center, and Morgan Hall are to be completely evacuated. We are currently bringing in the State Police and bomb-detection dogs,” Lieutenant Mills (California University police officer) said, immediately following the threat.

Police departments immediately responded and brought in bomb-detection dogs to check the area. Officers from Pittsburgh police, PA state police and Washington Country Department of Public Safety, gathered at the Convocation Center.

“Shortly after the threat was discovered, we immediately began notifying students via social media and the university web site to evacuate the three buildings. All 3 p.m. classes in those buildings were immediately canceled,” Christine Kindl (Director of Communication and Public Relations) said.

All of the buildings were cleared, and classes remained as scheduled on Wednesday, April 11.

“I didn’t take the threat seriously, but I understand that the University has to because of safety reasons. It was more of an inconvenience than anything.” Jake Milliron (senior/political science) said.

According to the Observer-Reporter, the bomb threat at California  University followed a threat at Point Park University in Pittsburgh on April 9, as well as more than 50 bomb threats at Pittsburgh University since mid-February.

At the current time there is no speculation connecting the threats throughout the area. For more information and developments about the bomb threat, keep checking on the California University home page.

Updated April 11 at 4 p.m.

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