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Campus returns to normal after bomb scare

New Mexico State University returned to normal business operations around 1 p.m. Thursday following an early morning bomb threat that led to the evacuation of a number of buildings in the center of campus.

l always err on the side of protecting human life," said NMSU President Michael V. Martin. "This now is in the hands of the authorities. We are collaborating and cooperating in every way possible."

"The university takes all threats very seriously and takes every precautionary measure to ensure the safety of its students, staff and faculty," added NMSU Fire Chief Daryl Smith as officials continued moving people out of the area south of the International Mall, north of the Activity Center, west of Corbett Center and east of Hadley Hall.

The call came through to the office of President Martin and warned that a bomb was set to go off at 9:30 a.m. in the library. Martin was not in his office at the time and the call was handled by NMSU Attorney Bruce Kite.

Kite said the caller sounded like an older male. He notified university police, who, along with the NMSU Fire Department, Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office and the FBI, responded to the scene.

Bomb-sniffing dogs were taken through the areas and at roughly 11:15 a.m., the NMSU Police Department announced the area had been cleared and secured and that the campus could return to normal business operations at 1 p.m. The only exceptions were the Branson and Zuhl libraries that will remain closed until 7:30 a.m. Friday. Only employees of the libraries may return to retrieve personal belongings left in the evacuation.

The threat is under investigation by area law enforcement agencies.

Bob Nosbisch
March 16, 2006