UT Bomb Scare Over; Questions Remain

UT President Bill Powers (center, third from left), Mayor Lee Leffingwell, and City Manager Marc Ott at this afternoon press conference. Photo by Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News.
A bomb threat sent thousands of people streaming into the streets at the University of Texas in Austin today.

The University of Texas received a call this morning from a man who said he was affiliated with al Qaeda. The caller said he had planted bombs across campus and that they would detonate in 90 minutes. It wasn’t until 15 minutes before the supposed detonation that University president Williams Powers ordered an evacuation.

Powers said in a press briefing that officials first had to evaluate the threat.

“And that process starts immediately. If the threat had been, there’s something ready to go off in five minutes, then you don’t have the time to evaluate you just have to pull the switch. We think the process was well in advance of when even the threatened danger came about.”

All University buildings have been reopened but classes have been canceled for the day.

 

Screenshot of the UT emergency website:

UT emergency website