LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — McKeldin Library on the University of Maryland, College Park campus has been reopened after being evacuated and closed following a “concerning comment” made by a person in the library Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
University of Maryland police were called to the library at about 3:45 p.m. to investigate “a non-specific statement made by an individual in the library,” according to the department. University police spokesman Sgt. Aaron Davis said the building was evacuated as a precaution.
University police later said they were responding to information “of a suspicious nature” but that no explosive material was found.
The Diamondback, the university’s independent, student-run newspaper, reported that police were keeping hundreds of people away from the entrance to the library as they investigated.
David Rivard, assistant dean of the University of Maryland Libraries, said that there was a bomb threat made in the library and that they were taking the situation “seriously,” according to The Diamondback.
The bomb squad was reportedly called in to search the library, Rivard said, and a photo tweeted out by The Diamondback showed a bomb-sniffing dog entering the library with a police officer.
Police told library staff told to go home for the day and anything left inside the building is unrecoverable for the time being, The Diamondback reported.
Prince George’s County fire engines also responded to the library about the same time as police, but for a different matter, according to fire spokesman Mark Brady. The fire department was called to the library to investigate an activated fire alarm system, but firefighters found no fire, Brady said.
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