Report Of Gunman Leads To Campus Lockdown

BOSTON (February 23, 2013)--A call reporting a gunman on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus turned out to be unfounded and there was no threat to public safety, police said Saturday.

Officers searched the school’s campus in Boston for a man reported to be carrying a long rifle and wearing body armor and found nothing, police said.

The report led to a campus-wide lockdown, which was later lifted.

A state police spokesman told The Boston Globe the report turned out to be a hoax, but it wasn't clear how authorities determined that.

About 11,000 students attend the prestigious school in suburban Boston where students are famous for their smarts as well as their stunts.

Students once put a police car on top of a domed campus building.

MIT said in a statement earlier Saturday that several law enforcement agencies responded, and a photo that appears to have been tweeted from near campus showed a road blocked to traffic.

The school advised students and workers to stay indoors and report suspicious activity to campus police.

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