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February 13, 2014

OSU: No bomb found; Multimodal and parking facility returns to normal operation

STILLWATER —

The Oklahoma State University Multimodal facility and Monroe Street Parking Garage have reopened and are operating normally following a phoned-in bomb threat at 8:45 a.m. Thursday.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol bomb squad didn’t find anything suspicious folloiwng its secondary sweep of the builidng.

The bomb squad searched the Oklahoma State University Multimodal Transportation facility and Monroe Street Parking Garage at noon Thursday.

An OSU campus operator received a call at 8:45 a.m. Thursday. The caller said a bomb had been placed at the Multimodal Transportation Facility. The operator immediately notified OSU Police dispatch, University Police Chief Mike Robinson said at a noon press conference. The caller was identified as a woman, and the call came from a phone with an Oklahoma area code.

University Police were at the Multimodal facility and parking gdarage by 8:46 p.m. They established a perimeter, kept students and residents away and conducted an initial search, Robinson said. Some students were escorted into the parking garage after the initial search and allowed to remove their cars.

A bomb wasn’t found, but the Oklahoma State University Police called in the Oklahoma Highway Patrol bomb dogs and bomb disposal crew.

Oklahoma State University’s bus service continued to operate from a temporary terminal.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol bomb-sniffing dogs are conducting a sweep of the parking garage and multimodal center. The bomb disposal unit is on scene in case something is found.

At 10 a.m., university officials sent a campus alert to university faculty, staff and students asking them to stay away from the Multimodal Center and parking garage, University spokesman Gary Shutt said.

Voice of woman, threat specific to this facilit. We are doing an active investigation on this, pursue phone number to ID caller.

Specific to bus terminal to this building. We were here so quickly didn’t think necessary to evacuate addtional building.

“We don’t have any idea of a motive,” Robinson said. An investigation will turn up a motive and find the person who made the threat.

“OSU Police did a great job of responding to this,” Shutt said.

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