A bomb threat was called in to LSU's main campus in Baton Rouge, LA, at approximately 10:30 am (CT) this morning. Text messages were sent out by the campus' emergency text response system at around 11:30 am (CT) that called for a campus-wide evacuation. Over 35,000 students, staff and faculty members were asked to evacuate campus as contraflow traffic conditions cause massive gridlock and heavy delays in and around campus. LSU campus police in cooperation with Baton Rouge Police Officers and East Baton Rouge Parish Sherriff's deputies helped direct traffic in a scene that resembled that of the aftermath of an LSU football game. This threat comes in a two-week time span in which other campuses across the US experienced phone-in bomb threats (University of Texas at Austin, North Dakota State). Authorities are working with law enforcement officials in the respective states of these universities to see if the incidents are related. As well as an evacuation by LSU, four nearby primary and secondary schools were placed on lockdown as well. These include: McKinley High School, Buchanan Elementary, Polk Elementary and University Terrace. Photo credit goes to WAFB.com.
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