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Harvard University evacuation: Explosives reportedly involved

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Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts evacuated four buildings in the center of the campus on Monday morning after unconfirmed reports of explosives had been planted in the buildings, according to Yahoo! News on Monday.

The University evacuation involved the Science Center, Sever, Theyer, and Emerson Halls.

According to the Harvard web site, the report remains unconfirmed and the Harvard University Police Department has no reason to believe there is a threat to any other site on campus. Students and faculty-staff were notified of the evacuation and incidents via social media on Twitter.

Harvard’s campus police, Cambridge Police, and Massachusetts State Police – including the bomb squad unit – came to the University and set up yellow-taped perimeters around the evacuated buildings while instructing students to move away from the area.

Boston-area institutions have been on an increased alert of such dangers since the April 15 bombing attack at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured 264.

Additionally, the University has closed off Harvard Yard – which is the wooded and now-snow-covered historic center of the campus. Only persons with Harvard identification are allowed to enter the area. There are approximately 21,000 students on the campus.

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