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Bomb threats clear Alabama university buildings, close community college logo 7/27/2022 Ruth Serven Smith,
Jefferson State Community College Shelby County campus on Valleydale Road. © Beverly Taylor/ Jefferson State Community College Shelby County campus on Valleydale Road.

Several buildings at Alabama community colleges and university campuses were cleared Wednesday due to apparent bomb threats, though local officials quickly said that they were not aware of any imminent danger.

“Authorities at Alabama’s community colleges are working closely with law enforcement on a state level and within each community to ensure the safety of residents across our facilities after alleged bomb threats were made at multiple institutions,” a spokeswoman said in a statement Wednesday.

“While no threats have been deemed credible at this time, some buildings have - per protocol - been evacuated and access restricted to some campuses. Residents, including students, faculty and staff, are encouraged to not visit any of the colleges’ facilities until further notice by the colleges. Please stay tuned to your local news sources, as well.”

Law enforcement in different communities will work to investigate threats, Ebony Horton, with the Alabama Community College System, said.

An Alabama Law Enforcement Agency spokesman said law enforcement is monitoring “the most recent bomb threats made against universities and colleges around the country, which includes schools located in Alabama.”

All collegiate schools that received threats within Alabama on Wednesday, July 27, have been cleared and classes have been deemed safe to resume,” the agency said.

Jefferson State Community College and Shelton State Community College also issued brief warnings to their campuses. Shelton State quickly said that the threat had been resolved, but decided to keep its Tuscaloosa campuses closed for the rest of the day.

Wallace Community College in Dothan, Enterprise State and Lurleen B. Wallace Community Colleges have issued all clears for their campuses, according to public posts.

Auburn University briefly evacuated its nursing building after an alert at 12:06. The university later posted an all clear at 12:33.

The Auburn threat was apparently called into city police, according to a statement from the City of Auburn, and local law enforcement looked for a bomb but found no explosive device.

The University of Alabama at Huntsville also briefly issued alerts for several buildings on its campus, but later said that the situation was resolved.

“After investigating an alleged bomb threat, officers with UAHPD and the Huntsville Police Department determined there was no threat to UAH’s campus and the area was secure. Normal on-campus operations have resumed,” spokeswoman Elizabeth Gibisch said.

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