On Monday morning an order was issued for four educational buildings in Cambridge, Massachusetts to be evacuated immediately due to a report of unconfirmed bomb threats at the four sites. Harvard University issued the Dec. 16 emergency warning for the four sites to be evacuated at 9:02 a.m., which include the Science Center, Thayer, Sever and Emerson buildings.
HUPD (Harvard University Police Department) and CPD (Cambridge Police Department) are currently on the scene investigating the threats, according to the university's emergency notification website.
All four buildings were evacuated as a precautionary measure after officials received an unsubstantiated reported that explosive devices may have been placed inside the four educational buildings on campus. By 9:33 a.m. the university issued this statement on their website:
Harvard's focus is on the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We will update the media when we have more information."
A wide range of student activities occur in the four buildings targeted in the report: student classrooms, lecture halls, dorms, laboratories for chemistry and physics, and a philosophy department.
The most recent news about the Ivy League School prior to the emergency evacuation came on Dec. 15 when the university reported through their Harvard Gazette that they were embarking upon "a new community, a new era" with the groundbreaking of the Barry's Corner project in Allston.
There is no known tie to that burgeoning project effort and the emergency evacuation that followed mere days later. But if bombs were planted in the four buildings on campus, police will consider if there is some sort of connection between Harvard's future $150 million development project and some sort of student dissatisfaction that resulted.