UNC looks into threat, evacuates Pit

CHAPEL HILL - Several buildings at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were evacuated Sunday night after police received a bomb threat, UNC Department of Public Safety Spokesperson Randy Young said.

The Orange County Central 911 dispatcher at the Department of Public Safety received a call around 9 p.m. from a male who claimed to be in the Pit area with an explosive device, Young said. The Pit is at the center of UNC's campus, where students frequently congregate. The Student Union, Davis Library and the Undergraduate Library were all evacuated. Several students said they were told to return to their dorms and stay inside. Young said around 11:15 p.m. that no dorms had been evacuated.

UNC's AlertCarolina Web site was updated around 10:45 p.m. to confirm that the area around the Pit was secured as a precaution. Previously, after several news outlets had reported the threat, the alert system stated that the university was operating under normal conditions. A text message alert was sent to students around 11:40 p.m.

The Chapel Hill Police, UNC Department of Public Safety, Orange County Sheriff's Department and Orange County EMS responded to the threat, Young said. Two bomb-sniffing dogs were checking the area, Young said. The State Bureau of Investigation's bomb squad arrived around 12:30 a.m.

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