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Bomb threat evacuates 700 at A&M’s Kyle Field

Bomb threat evacuates 700 at A&M’s Kyle Field
February 21
08:13 2013
Texas A&M security personnel who wished not to be identified barricade the entrance to Kyle Field after a bomb threat Wednesday Feb. 20, 2013 in College Station, Texas. Texas A&M University is investigating a bomb threat at Kyle Field that prompted the school to issue a "code maroon" safety advisory and close the stadium and nearby buildings. (AP Photo/ Patric Schneider)

Texas A&M security personnel who wished not to be identified barricade the entrance to Kyle Field after a bomb threat Wednesday Feb. 20, 2013 in College Station, Texas. Texas A&M University is investigating a bomb threat at Kyle Field that prompted the school to issue a “code maroon” safety advisory and close the stadium and nearby buildings. (AP Photo/ Patric Schneider)

By Associated Press
and Kate McGuire
Staff Writer

COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M University officials are investigating a bomb threat at Kyle Field that prompted officials to issue a “Code Maroon” safety advisory and close the stadium and nearby buildings, displacing about 700 people.

An A&M statement Wednesday says the football stadium and adjacent buildings that were evacuated will remain closed for the rest of the day.

“I was just walking to class on the west side of campus and got a text from the Texas A&M security systems that there was a bomb threat from Kyle Field,” sophomore Chris DeVries said.

A&M says the threat was written on a wall of a nonacademic campus facility. Officials were informed at 10:50 a.m., flashed the “Code Maroon” message at 12:25 p.m. and gave the “all clear” at 7:10 p.m.

“It wasn’t a big deal or anything because we had that threat earlier this year and right now only a part of the campus is closed,” freshman Ashley Wright said.

“People aren’t really freaking out about it,” junior Carly Potz-Nielsen said. “It’s just another concern that students look at on their phones and go on with the day.”

At the time of publication, Texas A&M administration said they were not releasing information about the investigation.

“We’re still investigating and we hope to be operational again in the morning,” a Texas A&M security official said Wednesday afternoon.

Another bomb threat Wednesday prompted officials at Navarro College to close its campus through Thursday.

The 10,000-student junior college in Corsicana is 50 miles south of Dallas and 100 miles north of College Station.

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