Princeton University officials reopened the campus at about 6:30 p.m. after an almost day-long search for explosives after the school received a bomb threat this morning.
The University evacuated staff and students from its campus this morning after receiving a bomb threat for multiple, unspecified campus buildings that was deemed credible by authorities.
Some news outlets reported that a suspicious package was found on campus, but those reports are false. A crock pot was found at the Lawrence Apartments, law enforcement sources said. Originally people thought it was a pressure cooker. It appeared that the crock pot was left behind when someone moved out of the apartment complex.
Law enforcement sources said someone called the University this morning and said a student placed multiple bombs on campus. University employees and others on campus were asked to evacuate the campus and all University offices and go home unless otherwise directed by a supervisor. Public Safety officers and Princeton Police were directing drivers leaving the campus and those without cars were directed to evacuation sites. University officials told employees not to return to campus for any reason until advised otherwise. Students, faculty and staff were advised to go home, assemble at evacuation sites or go into the town of Princeton, where the Nassau Inn, Princeton Public Library and Princeton Arts Council buildings were open to them.
The University’s Department of Public Safety investigated the threat with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Police advised officials at the Princeton Public Schools to go about their school day as usual. Superintendent Judy Wilson ordered that there be no outside student activity as an added precaution though. All after school activities were canceled
Some local roads were closed for several hours during the search, and the Dinky train was temporarily shut down. The University’s TigerTransit service has been suspended until Wednesday morning.
Last update at 8:15 p.m. We will post more information when it becomes available.