Tufts bomb threat

Tufts bomb threat 5/9/16 – Medford/Somerville, MA – Firefighters extinguish a car fire in the parking lot of the Tufts University Health Service on Monday, May 9, 2016. (Evan Sayles / The Tufts Daily)

Tufts bomb threat

Police were investigating a bomb threat made at Tufts University just outside Boston on Monday as fire officials extinguished a car fire on campus, the university said on its website.

Students awoke this morning to an email from the Tufts administration detailing a bomb threat:

This morning Police and Fire responded to a car fire in the rear 124 Professors Row and discovered a suspicious note stating that there are bombs present in Cabot Hall, Breaker Hall, Cohen Hall, and Tisch. The fire was extinguished and police are on scene investigating the bomb threats. At this time Cabot Hall, Breaker Hall, Cohen Hall, Health Services, and the Tisch Library and the Tisch Sports Complex are secured until further notice. Please stay clear of these areas until further notice. More information to follow.

Last night, students reported hearing a large boom, which was the car fire described. Image via student photojournalist, Evan Sayles

Final exams enter their second day today, and many students are linking this occurrence to similar false threats that have happened during final exams at other universities such as Harvard. Interestingly, the Globe just published a story that includes a picture of the threat note, which is mostly legible (EDIT: image is now removed):

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/05/09/car-fire-tufts-university-under-investigation/9ABrl92ou4rT5gOvcm5wsO/story.html

The text of the note references a dispute with the school administration regarding the janitorial staff and makes mentions of bombs in several buildings. The Globe has removed their image of the note “while the active investigation is underway”.

Six buildings on the university’s campus in Medford, Massachusetts, were closed as the investigation proceeded, the school said.