Bomb threats made at several Ivy League schools, including Columbia University


MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, Manhattan — Bomb threats later deemed not credible were made against Columbia University on Sunday afternoon, according to the school.

The threats were made around 2:30 p.m., Columbia tweeted. Public safety issued a campus-wide emergency alert. The threats were deemed not credible by the NYPD just before 5 p.m. Investigators determined it was a swatting incident.

Campus buildings were cleared for reoccupancy.

“It’s scary,” student Taylor Emanuel said. “You don’t know how serious it is and it’s a scary thing to hear about.”

Student Raphaele Laureau described watching the floors being cleared.

“They had these type of hand held item and they were screaming like 10 times at every door making sure nobody was in,” she said.

The Columbia threats were “similar to threats that have been made at other colleges around the country in recent days,” according to the school.

Global affairs professor Kian Tajbakhsh was shocked a university was targeted.

Emergency Management advised people to expect road closures, traffic delays, mass transit disruptions and emergency personnel near West 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue during the NYPD investigation. People were asked to avoid the area.

There was also a bomb threat on Sunday at Cornell University. Brown University officials in Providence, Rhode Island, sent a text alert to students that said police were investigating “multiple buildings on campus involving a bomb threat.”

Yale reported a bomb threat two days earlier that forced the evacuation of several buildings as well as nearby businesses in New Haven, Connecticut. The university resumed normal campus activity Friday evening.

It’s not clear yet if any of these threats are connected and no suspect has been publicly identified.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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