Classes reopen at LSU after bomb threat

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Classes and offices at Louisiana State University have reopened on the Baton Rouge campus today (Tuesday, Sept. 18), a day after a bomb threat created a campus-wide evacuation.

Officials began to allow approximately 6,000 students who live on campus to start returning to their dormitories after bomb-sniffing dogs and police swept dorms, student housing, official offices, and classrooms facilities Monday. The campus was quickly deserted and roads closed.

Football practice for the number two ranked LSU Tiger football team resumes today after being cancelled yesterday. Coach Les Miles said the loss of the workout would not be a tremendous problem for team preparation for this weekend's visit to Auburn.

All those on campus were told to evacuate after a threat was phoned into 911 about 10:32 a.m. Police ended up sweeping over 250 campus buildings during the day. No explosives or bombs were found.

There are 30,000 students, professors and university employees located on the Baton Rouge campus, but it was not clear how many were there at the time of the threat.

This is the first time LSU has been hit with a bomb threat, although several campuses throughout the country have been victimized recently by similar bomb threat calls.