The UC Berkeley campus received an anonymous bomb threat Tuesday.
The information came via an anonymous email sent at 12:53 p.m. to the campus’s anonymous tip line claiming the sender had overhead a conversation indicating a threat, according to a campuswide email from UCPD spokesperson Capt. Margo Bennett. The email to the tip line did not provide any additional details about the threat, according to Bennett.
UCPD is currently taking steps to determine the validity of the threat and is conducting searches in the most accessible and vulnerable areas of the campus, Bennett said in the email. By around 3:30pm, officers had already searched more than one-third of campus buildings and found no indication of a bomb, according to Bennett.
“Looking at historical data provided by the FBI, the vast majority of bomb threats made are unsubstantiated,” Bennett said.
The campus administration sent out a CALmessages email warning the campus community of the threat at around 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
In a campus-wide email sent Wednesday morning, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance John Wilton said UCPD completed searches of the main and Clark Kerr campuses — as well as UC properties adjacent to the campus — and recommends that all campus operations return to normal status.
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