Bomb threat forces evacuation of all 11 Oregon State dorms

Bomb threat forces evacuation of all 11 Oregon State dorms
Displaced residents were instructed to go to either the Valley Library or Memorial Union (photo courtesy Jose Alonso)

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A bomb threat forced all 11 residence halls on the Oregon State campus to evacuate Thursday night.

Around 7:15 p.m., an as yet unidentified person called OSU Department of Public Safety with the threat.

The threat didn't identify a specific residence hall.

All 11 dorms were evacuated by way of fire alarm. Students later found out about the bomb threat from residence hall staff and from an email sent to the campus community.

"I was just in my room and the fire alarm went off, and at first I didn't really know what was going on, but I was like OK and came outside and I just saw everyone going over to that area so I just followed everybody and I started talking and they were like, 'Oh it's a bomb threat," said student Deva Gordon.

"Everyone went where they were supposed to as far as our dorm was concerned and all the RAs were as helpful as they could be," said student Mark Hand.

"I mean, I'm glad that they're keeping us safe - that they're actually checking things out," said student Eliot Frack. "But at the same time, you're just kind of mad at the person who made the threat."

Officers from Oregon State Police, Corvallis Police Department and Benton County Sheriff's Office checked the dorms for any suspicious objects or packages. Students were allowed to return home as their dorms were cleared.

All students were allowed back into their dorms by 9:30 p.m., more than 2 hours after the threatening phone call.

Police said making a bomb threat is punishable by a year in jail.