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UPDATE: Cornell University cleared after bomb threat

Update, 7:50 p.m. Nov. 7:

As of 7:33 p.m. Nov. 7 Cornell University has stated that local law enforcement agencies have completed their search of the Ithaca campus and found no credible threats. Community members can now return to normal activities.

Update, 6:10 p.m. Nov. 7:

As of 5:35 p.m. Nov. 7 Cornell University police and local law enforcement agencies are sweeping several campus buildings as part of the ongoing investigation into the bomb threat, according to the most recent CornellALERT announcement. Community members should still avoid central campus.

Original story, 4:36 p.m. Nov. 7:

Cornell University Police received a call of bombs being placed in Law School, Goldwin Smith, Upson Hall and Kennedy Hall at 2:12 p.m. Cornell issued an alert telling community members to avoid central campus and to evacuate areas in or near the Law School, Goodwin Smith Hall, Upson Hall and Kennedy Hall.

Ithaca mayor, Svante Myrick, stated in a tweet at 3:36 p.m. that the Ithaca Police Department’s SWAT team is responding. At 4:05 p.m., the Cornell Police stated in a tweet that law enforcement is on site and has put a security perimeter in place.

Other schools like Columbia University, Brown University and Yale University have evacuated buildings due to bomb threats over the weekend. At 2:32 p.m., the Columbia Daily Spectator stated in a tweet that multiple of the university’s buildings are being evacuated. The Brown Daily Chronicle reported that the school had evacuated multiple buildings after receiving multiple bomb threats at 3:58 p.m.

On Nov. 5, Yale University evacuated multiple buildings after a bomb threat was called in. The Yale Daily News reported that a person called the police non-emergency line midday to report that 40 bombs had been placed around the campus. The Yale campus later received an all-clear from the city by 6:36 p.m. Nov. 5. Additionally, the Miami University Police investigated a bomb threat reported on Saturday afternoon. Multiple buildings were evacuated.

News Editor Caitlin Holtzman contributed reporting.