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Bomb Threat Made On UChicago Campus Was A Hoax, Officials Say

The threat was similar to a number of false threats that were made on college campuses across the nation, officials said.

The campus of The University of Chicago in Hyde Park on Thursday, September 3, 2020.
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HYDE PARK — On the same day that a fatal shooting, a fatal stabbing and gunfire were reported in Hyde Park, a hoax bomb threat was made on the University of Chicago campus, officials said.

The threat was made Tuesday afternoon on Twitter and university officials determined it was not credible, said Eric M. Heath, the university’s associate vice president for safety and security.

The threat was similar to a number of false threats that were made on college campuses across the nation, Heath said in an email to the university community.

“At no time did police have information to indicate that this was a credible threat,” he said.

Out of an abundance of caution, University of Chicago police checked all of the university buildings named in the threat. They found that there was no danger to the campus, Heath said.

The FBI and Chicago police were notified of the incident.

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