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F&M declares all-clear after evacuating due to bomb threat (update)

Franklin & Marshall College’s “Old Main.” (Source: F&M)

Update: Around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, law enforcement determined there was no active threat on campus and gave the all-clear, Franklin & Marshall spokesman Peter Durantine said.

Previously reported:

Bomb threats prompted the evacuation of Franklin & Marshall College Thursday morning, officials said.

An alert posted shortly after 10 a.m. on the college’s website said the campus was cleared as a precaution after “several employees” received threats via email. F&M’s Department of Public Safety is working with Lancaster police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other authorities, college spokesman Peter Durantine said.

The alert remained active as of 2 p.m. Thursday.

A screenshot of the alert posted on Franklin & Marshall College’s website on Thursday, July 11, 2024.

F&M held its commencement in May and is currently on its summer break. Durantine could not immediately say how many people had been on campus Thursday morning; he subsequently said the college would not divulge that information.

This spring, email threats targeting a drag story hour at Lancaster Public Library led to the cancellation of the event and the evacuation of the library and surrounding blocks. Last month, District Attorney Heather Adams said her office determined the emails in that incident originated in Nigeria.