Harvard Receives An Unconfirmed Bomb Threat
At around 12:30pm on Monday, Harvard University said it received an "unconfirmed bomb threat," which prompted buildings to be evacuated. In an update on its official website, the university informed its students that the bomb threat affected several buildings: the Science Center and Sever, Emerson, and Thayer Halls. These buildings have all been evacuated as law enforcement officials arrive on scene to investigate the legitimacy and source of the threat. The website promises more updates as they become available.
According to Massachusetts news channel WHDH , the Cambridge Police bomb squad is currently on Harvard's campus in Cambridge investigating the situation. In addition to the evacuated buildings, authorities have restricted access to Harvard Yard, the school's famed grassy center.
The bomb threat at Harvard comes the same day that another school in Massachusetts received a separate bomb threat. Earlier on Monday, a teacher at the McKay Arts Academy in Fitchburg found a note warning of a potential bomb. All students and teachers of the Pre-K to eighth grade school were evacuated and moved to the Fitchburg University Campus as law enforcement investigated the premises.
The bomb threats in Massachusetts come three days after a series of terrorist attacks tore through Paris, prompting heightened security and a lingering sense of unease around the world. The attacks, carried out in six locations in the French capital, have left at least 129 people dead and nearly 100 others seriously injured.
Among the targeted locations were the Bataclan concert hall where 80 people were killed during an Eagles of Death Metal show and the Stade de France, where French President Francois Hollande was watching a soccer match between France and Germany.
The day after the attacks, terror organization ISIS issued a statement claiming responsibility for them, warning France that it would be "the first of the storm." On Monday, a new video purportedly made by ISIS members was released, warning of an attack on Washington, D.C. In the video, a militant tells the camera:
We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day, God willing, like France's and by God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington.
Authorities are still determining the authenticity of the video. It is not clear whether it is connected to the bomb threats in Massachusetts.
More to come...