A bomb scare at Princeton University today has shut down the school’s New Jersey campus.
Princeton sent out a message via email and social networks at around 10:30 am EDT Tuesday morning. The message stated that there has been a bomb threat against “unspecified campus buildings” and that everyone, students and faculty, is to evacuate the school’s campus and the university’s offices.
The university’s most up-to-date announcement, via the Princeton University website:
There has been a bomb threat to multiple unspecified campus buildings. Please evacuate the campus and all University offices immediately and go home unless otherwise directed by your supervisor. Public Safety officers and Princeton Police will direct drivers leaving the campus and those without cars will be directed to evacuation sites. You will receive an update later today. Do not return to campus for any reason until advised otherwise.
Bomb threat on campus. Pls evacuate campus and offices and go home. Updates to follow. Check email. NOT A TEST.
Roads around campus are congested. Please allow extra time if you are driving, cycling or walking on the outskirts of campus.
Princeton Police have been directing traffic out of the campus, though the roads around campus are reportedly crowded. People were first directed to go home, but are now being told that Nassau Inn, Princeton Public Library, and the Princeton Arts Council building are designated as safe evacuation locations. Police are advising drivers in Princeton to avoid the downtown area:
Traffic inbound to Princeton from Rt 1 is closed at this time. Outbound traffic is being allowed at this time. Please avoid downtown.
Luckily, regular spring semester classes at Princeton have ended, and commencement was one week ago. Most students have already left the campus.
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