LSU campus returns to "normal," search continues for caller

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU authorities are holding back details as to what led them to evacuate the entire campus after Monday's bomb threat. Even though the campus is "all clear," there are still many questions that are looming.

Authorities investigating the bomb threat at LSU are now focusing on finding out who made the call.  When some 35,000 students, faculty and staff were told to evacuate from campus, the buildings were quickly cleared, and no one was injured. It was traffic that became a major problem.

"We've got to go to school, and try to see what we can do to move people off campus faster. But we ask people to be patient. They were, they got off campus and, the most important thing is, they got out of the building," said Herb Vincent, Associate Vice Chancellor.

While university officials look at the parts of their evacuation plant that could be improved on, LSU Police Captain Corey LaLonde says the next step for his office is finding and charging whoever called in the bomb threat.

The threat came in the wake of bomb scares at several other large universities around the nation last week.

"All of those possibilities are being looked at, but I can't say at this time whether or not that any connection has been made positively or negatively," said LaLonde. Law enforcement officers searched the campus for nearly 12 hours. The evacuation was lifted Monday evening.

Monday wasn't the first time LSU has dealt with a potential security threat. In 2010, someone parked a suspicious car in the middle of the quad. LSUPD investigated and classes went on as normal. Two years later, Associate Vice Chancellor Herb Vincent says this event was different.

"Why this bomb threat was acted upon would go to the content of that phone call, which I can't comment on. It's part of the on-going investigation," said Vincent.

Both Captain LaLonde and Vice Chancellor Herb Vincent say they received calls from concerned parents Monday. They ask that parents remind their kids to pay attention to emergency alerts and keep their parents in the loop during emergency situations.

LSU officials communicated with counterparts in Texas, North Dakota and Ohio, where similar threats were called in Friday.

There has been no word whether the phone call related to LSU was connected to the others.

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