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UPDATE: Hoax bomb threat calls cause search at Harvard University

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By The Associated Press


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ Authorities are searching for suspects whose hoax calls triggered the evacuation of several buildings at Harvard University and a futile search for an armed man and bombs on campus.

Cambridge police spokesman Jeremy Warnick says police received four calls reporting bombs planted on campus and a man carrying an assault rifle at the Ivy League school on Saturday morning.

Harvard University's police department says in a community advisory that it immediately ordered evacuation of buildings identified by the caller: 

“Recently, the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) received a call from an unidentified male who claimed to be on campus and armed and that he had placed bombs at several buildings on Harvard's campus.  HUPD officers immediately responded to the locations he identified but could not locate an individual.  The named buildings -- including the Science Center -- were immediately evacuated.  Cambridge Police Department and Cambridge Fire Department were notified and, with HUPD, are in the process of examining the named buildings.  We will update the Harvard community as additional information becomes available.

The agency also notified colleagues at the Cambridge police and fire department, and their joint search of the locations failed to yield bombs or an armed man.

Warnick says police will work with FBI agents to identify two people who claimed responsibility on Twitter.

All the buildings that were evacuated are now safe and reopened.

Additional information was not immediately available.

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