South Hall evacuated after reported bomb threat

Residents of South Hall were evacuated after EKU Police received a report of a bomb threat. The building was cleared by police and no safety threats were discovered. 

South Hall on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University was evacuated on Thursday after a bomb threat was reported, according to an email sent on behalf of Bryan Makinen, associate vice president for facilities management and safety.

Makinen said that at approximately 11:49 a.m. a report was made to the EKU Police Department that several individuals were overheard talking about a “potential threatening situation, a bomb threat,” that involved South Hall. EKU Police immediately responded to the scene and were able to identify and question the individuals involved.

The email stated that EKU Police and University of Kentucky Police K-9 units conducted a search of the dorm and confirmed that no threat existed. After no threats were found, the building was cleared for residents to return at approximately 2:37 p.m.

“We would like to thank our well-prepared emergency response community for their partnership in responding to potentially threatening situations. EKU Police continues to conduct an investigation related to this incident,” Makinen said.

EKU officials ask that anyone with information about this incident should call the EKU Police Department at (859) 622-1111.

The Eastern Progress has reached out to university officials about the incident and will update the story as necessary.  

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