University of Maryland Building Evacuated After Hostage Hoax

UPDATED: Sept. 3, 2014 5:20 p.m.

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Armed police officers swarmed a building at the University of Maryland on Wednesday after a hostage hoax was called in to authorities.

Campus police sent out an alert to the university community around 3:30 p.m. advising students and staff to avoid the area surrounding the Main Administration Building. Police said officers received an anonymous phone call reporting a gunman holding a person hostage inside the building.

Police officers evacuated and conducted a sweep of the building, and also conducted a sweep of the nearby Lee and Mitchell buildings.

Photos from the scene showed several officers with weapons drawn aimed at the building.

Police cleared the area and reopened the three buildings after determining the hostage report was unfounded.

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