Shelter in place order lifted at Smith College campus after “hoax” bomb threat | News


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NORTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM)– A shelter in place order has been lifted at the Smith College campus Friday morning after what authorities are calling a “hoax.”

Northampton police say they first received a call of a bomb threat to an academic building at 5:02 a.m. 

Northampton police, Northampton Fire Rescue, Massachusetts State Police and the State Police Fire Marshal Unit and Bomb Squad all responded to the scene. 

Smith College ordered a shelter in place shortly after, asking people to avoid Burton Hall and Sabin-Reed Hall.

Police say nothing suspicious was found during their search of the unoccupied building. They add that the incident was determined to be a hoax.

At 7 a.m. school officials provided an update saying all normal campus activities may resume.

The Northampton Police Detective Bureau and Massachusetts State Police will now conduct a follow up investigation to determine the source of the initial call.

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