Unattended Backpack Prompts Bomb Scare At Ohio State University


UPDATED: Tuesday April 16, 2013 10:23 PM

The Columbus Bomb Squad was called to the Ohio Union on the Ohio State University campus Tuesday evening because of a report of a suspicious package.

The bomb squad was called shortly after 5 p.m.

After searching the scene, authorities said it was an unattended backpack full of books that prompted the scare. The bomb squad blew up the bag as a precaution.

There were no injuries reported.

The university released a statement Tuesday night.

"Ohio State University officials report the evacuation has been lifted by the Columbus Division of Fire, and the Ohio Union will resume normal operations.  According to officials, the unattended package contained no explosives.  The university responded with every precaution to an unattended item in accordance with standard operating procedures. The university thanks the Columbus Division of Fire, the Columbus Division of Police and the Ohio State University Division of Police for the swift actions to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to the Ohio Union."

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