All clear at Cornell after suspicious device found outside Clark Hall

April 28, 2015 by Rachel Cera

Several buildings at Cornell University were closed for a few hours this afternoon after the Cornell University Police Department says a "suspicious device" was found outside Clark Hall. Clark Hall is on East Avenue on Cornell's central campus.

Classes were canceled this afternoon in Clark Hall, Space Sciences, Savage/Kinzelberg, S.T. Olin Hall, Bailey Hall, Baker Lab, and Newman Hall. An alert went out at about 3pm saying that emergency responders were on the scene, and asking Cornell community members to stay away from the area.

Cornell officials informed the campus community at about 6pm that the buildings had reopened, and said "all activities may resume at this time."

In a statement, Cornell says "a CUPD officer was approached at 2:07pm by a Cornell employee who reported a suspicious package" along the drive between Clark Hall and Bailey Hall. After examining the object and the area, CUPD called in the Endicott Bomb Squad, a specialized unit of Endicott police and fire personnel that serves multiple communities around the Southern Tier and Central New York. The bomb squad "safely removed the device at 5:35pm," and it is being analyzed at a laboratory, Cornell says.

The incident comes just a day after the campus was packed by notable guests celebrating the 150th anniversary of the signing of Cornell's charter, and two weeks after a "small explosive device" was removed from a Cornell building without incident.

CUPD asks that anyone with information regarding the device, or who may have seen suspicious activity, contact them at 607-255-1111.

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