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Harvard Student Arrested For Campus Bomb-Scare Hoax
The university police department received a report that explosives were placed in four buildings on campus. Update: The man suspected of calling in the fake threats has been identified as Eldo Kim, a 20-year-old student.
Update — Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m ET: Eldo Kim, a 20-year-old student was arrested Tuesday for allegedly calling in false bomb threats.
9:33am ESTThe Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) this morning received an unconfirmed report that explosives may have been placed in four buildings on campus: the Science Center, Thayer, Sever and Emerson Halls. HUPD and Cambridge Police are on the scene. Out of an abundance of caution, the buildings have been evacuated while the report is investigated. Harvard's focus is on the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We will update the media when we have more information.9:13am ESTHarvard Alert-HUPD and CPD are on the scene and investigating. Please stand by for more info.9:02am ESTUnconfirmed reports of explosives at four sites on campus: Science Center, Thayer, Sever, and Emerson. Please evacuate those buildings now.
An hour later, Cambridge Police confirmed that they were investigating the bomb threat and evacuating the four buildings named in the emergency alert.
There were no reports of explosions.
The bomb threat was called in the midst of this semester's final exams.
Many on Twitter instantly began speculating that the bomb threat was a hoax.
Harvard's on-campus newspaper The Crimson reported that students began applauding when the announcement was made.
By 3 p.m. Monday, the four buildings evacuated were cleared and reopened to students and faculty.