Penn State’s PSUTXT alert system sent a message around 7 p.m. Saturday that warned of a nonspecific bomb threat on the University Park campus.
The message read, “Police report nonspecific bomb threat for every campus building. If you see anything suspicious, call 9-1-1.”
A campus police dispatcher said that a press release was forthcoming. When asked if anyone was in danger, the dispatcher said “no.”
Police reported receiving repeated calls from a single caller who said there were explosive devices in every building on campus, and that there was a suicide bomber at Ninth Avenue and Seventh Street. There is no such intersection on or near the campus.
University spokeswoman Lisa Powers said that Penn State police go through protocols with each case and assess the known information and the manner in which it was provided. University police also have two bomb-sniffing dogs to use in any search, as well as bomb technicians who would be able to inspect or evaluate any device that is found.