DePaul University's Richardson Library reopened today after being shut for about three hours because of a bomb threat.
The Chicago Police Department’s Bomb and Arson Unit responded to the Lincoln Park campus shortly before 11:30 a.m. this morning after someone found a note in a men’s restroom stating that there were two bombs in the library, police spokesman Daniel O’Brien said.
DePaul alerted all its students and faculty about the bomb threat with e-mails, text messages and public address system announcements, university spokeswoman Denise Mattson said.
Shortly before 1 p.m., officers led two bomb-sniffing dogs into the building. By 2:30 p.m., police had determined there was no bomb and the building reopened, according to a statement on DePaul’s Web site.
The 2300 block of North Kenmore Avenue was closed to vehicles during the incident, but pedestrians were allowed to walk through the area.
The statement called such incidents “a routine prank” and added, “DePaul regrets the inconvenience this unfounded threat caused.”
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