Harvard University Uses Facebook to Notify Students during Bomb Threat

Boston, Nov. 17, 2015, — Just three days after the Paris attacks that killed over 120 people, a bomb thread to four Harvard buildings was received yesterday afternoon. After hours of searches, the four buildings have been reopened and no bomb was found.

“The campus community will be notified through a variety of mechanisms including the Web, email and voicemail,” a statement on Harvard University’s Facebook page said.

Timeline of Facebook updates:

1:00 PM, Nov. 16, 2015
“An unconfirmed bomb threat has been received. The Science Center, Sever, Emerson, and Thayer Halls are being evacuated. More info to follow. ”

6:00 PM, Nov. 16, 2015
“All four affected buildings – the Science Center, as well as Emerson, Sever and Thayer Halls – have been thoroughly searched by law enforcement, determined to be safe, and reopened. Nothing to substantiate the emailed threat has been found and the investigation regarding the source is ongoing.”

8:00 PM, Nov. 16, 2015
“The searches of Emerson and Sever Halls have been completed. Both buildings are open. Restrictions on access to the Yard have been lifted. The searches of Thayer and the Science Center continue.”

The source of the bomb threat is still under investigation.

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