COLLEGE STATION (October 19, 2012)-- The campus of Texas A&M University in College Station was evacuated late Friday morning because of a bomb threat, but by late Friday afternoon, the campus was reopened, although the university remained closed for normal operations.
Beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, five hours after the evacuation alert was issued, students, faculty and staff were being allowed back on campus to retrieve personal items and vehicles.
Events planned for Friday evening on campus were not canceled after facilities were searched to ensure they were safe.
High traffic areas including residence halls, the student center, Reed Arena and Kyle Field have all been cleared, but some buildings on the campus that had not been searched were still closed.
Saturday's football game on campus between sixth-ranked LSU and No. 20 A&M has not been canceled, school officials said.
The university issued a campus-wide alert at 11:34 a.m. Friday that said, “Code Maroon: Bomb threat received for campus in general. Evacuate campus by foot immediately. Do not use a vehicle."
"Classes are cancelled. Persons on main campus proceed north to Church Str. or south to Anderson Str," a subsequent alert said.
A&M Police Lt. Allan Baron said the bomb threat was received by e-mail at around 11 a.m. Friday by the university's computing information services center.
A&M officials initially reported that the bomb threat was phoned in.
A building-by-building search continued Friday afternoon.
Bus service on the campus was rerouted and at least two nearby churches offered to serve as shelters until the evacuation order was lifted.