Calhoun campuses reopen following bomb threat

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Jul. 27—Calhoun Community College's campuses reopened this afternoon after police investigated all of the school's buildings following a bomb threat that forced evacuations, officials said.

The evacuations at all three Calhoun campuses came after multiple colleges in the state, including Calhoun, received bomb threats, Calhoun spokesman Wes Torain said.

The school advised students and faculty of the evacuation with its campus alert system, he said. Calhoun campuses evacuated included the Alabama Center for the Arts in downtown Decatur, a campus in Decatur-annexed Limestone County and a campus in Huntsville.

Calhoun police assisted by the Decatur and Huntsville police departments cleared all buildings on the campuses and then allowed students and employees to return.

UAH also reported receiving a bomb threat.

Athens State didn't receive a bomb threat and did not evacuate its campus in Athens, an official there said. Athens State shares the Alabama Center for the Arts campus with Calhoun.

WSFA-Channel 12 in Montgomery reported that Auburn University's main campus was among at least 11 in the state receiving a bomb threat today.

Alabama Community College System spokesperson Ebony Horton released this statement: "Authorities at Alabama's community colleges are working closely with law enforcement on a state level and within each community to ensure the safety of residents across our facilities after alleged bomb threats were made at multiple institutions. While no threats have been deemed credible at this time, some buildings have — per protocol — been evacuated and access restricted to some campuses. Residents, including students, faculty and staff, are encouraged to not visit any of the colleges' facilities until further notice by the colleges."