DPS issues alert of bomb threat at the Leavey Center

Update 6:30 p.m.: Assistant vice president for communications Stacy Kerr sent Vox a written statement about the bomb threat:

At approximately 4:30 p.m., the Georgetown University bookstore in the Leavey center received a call from an unidentified male that he had left a package in the bookstore. When asked what was in the package, he replied a bomb. The Department of Public Safety and MPD were notified. The Leavey Center was evacuated. An alert was sent to our campus community. MPD arrived on the scene and swept the building. No packages were found. An all-clear has been given.

Update 6:12 p.m.: DPS and the Metropolitan Police Department have finished investigating and have issued the all-clear. Operations in the Leavey Center have returned to normal.

The bomb threat has caught the attention of the Associated Press and many national news agencies have issued a brief bulletin about the alert. ABC News reports that the University reported a possible suspicious package at 4:42 p.m., and MPD had sent its explosive ordinance disposal team, according to Hugh Carew, MPD spokesperson. 

Vox has reached out to the Office of Communications for comment.

Original post: The Department of Public Safety alerted members of the Georgetown community by text, phone and email today at 4:45 p.m.that there was a report of a bomb threat at the Leavey Center near the campus bookstore.

At press time, DPS refused to comment when called about the alert.

Leavey Center, pictured above on the right, appears quiet as only Vox assistant editor left on campus observes the scene from the relative safety of Darnall Hall.

Vox will keep you updated as much as possible as more information becomes available.

Photo: Georgetown Voice/Kenneth Lee

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