Twice this month, something like six generally dark colleges and universities has gotten bomb dangers.
Howard University, Bowie State University, Bethune-Cookman University, Southern University, Delaware State and Albany State University have all announced potential dangers Monday.
The acting appointee head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Thomas Chittum, said that specialists from the agency are reacting to the reports.
“We can confirm that ATF has responded,” Chittum told reporters on a call Monday. “Of course, it is a federal crime to use interstate facilities to make a bomb threat, and so ATF will provide our investigative expertise and support to that investigation, but obviously, the facts are preliminary and unfolding.”
A bomb threat was issued to the academic buildings on the Georgia campus of Albany State. Until further notice, all ASU campuses have been shuttered and students and workers have been instructed not to return.
The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s bomb squad is also on the case at Bowie State University in Maryland, where a bomb threat has been made. K9s are conducting sweeps of university buildings, therefore the campus remains closed.
“OSFM Bomb Technicians and explosive detection K9s are assisting @BowieState PD with a telephonic bomb threat,” a tweet from the agency read. “Maryland State Police are on the scene. The investigation is active. Prince George’s County Police Department is also on the scene.”
According to school administrators, at least seven historically black schools and institutions received bomb threats on Jan. 4.
As a result of the investigation, no explosives were located on any of the campuses of the following schools: Florida Memorial College; Florida Memorial College; North Carolina Central College; Prairie View A&M; University; Arkansas Pine Bluff; and Norfolk State University.
Local authorities were made aware of the threats and advised to prepare for lockdowns or evacuations on campus.