A general view of the Memorial Tower at Louisiana State University on October 8, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Written by Glenn Guilbeau, Shreveport Times
BATON ROUGE -- A bomb threat started an evacuation of LSU's main campus shortly after 11:30 a.m. today, the LSU Radio Network reported.
Traffic on campus immediately resembled the end of a Saturday night football game. LSU football coach Les Miles' weekly media luncheon scheduled for noon was canceled.
On their website, LSU police say they are investigating the threat at the Baton Rouge campus. Students and others have been asked to evacuate "as calmly and quickly as possible."
Police did not provide details. There are 30,000 students, professors and university employees on the campus.
State Police Captain Doug Cain said his office "immediately sent bomb technicians and bomb-sniffing dogs to search an area of the campus" where a caller said a bomb was located.
Also dispatched to the scene was the "Fusion Center," a section composed of state and local police, national guard and homeland security personnel that establishes a communication link. Also, the federal Department of Homeland Security is involved.
Cain said the Fusion Center contacted similar sections in Texas, Ohio and North Dakota where similar bomb threats were made last week
to determine if there are similarities.
"They're trying to determine if its credible," he said.
Check back here for more details as they become available.
The Associated Press and Gannett Louisiana's Mike Hasten contributed to this report.
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