Pitt Receives 5th Bomb Threat In 2 Days
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Three more bomb threats have officials and students at the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland on high alert again today.
Authorities say the latest incident was a general bomb threat at the Cathedral of Learning. Students and faculty were allowed back in the building around 5 p.m. Monday.
Two more threats were made at the Chevron science building around 10 a.m. and a dormitory overnight.
The Chevron building was evacuated while officials went through the building. The all clear was given around 11:30 a.m., and students and staff were allowed back inside.
“We will continue to look at every one of them and see if there’s a connection,” said Chief Timothy Delaney, of Pitt Police. “We are working with the Bureau and they are evaluating some of the material, whether it’s emails or whether it’s physical property and signage, to see if we can come to a conclusion. We will prosecute this person federally.”
Meanwhile, authorities also completed a thorough check of the Litchfield Towers complex, a student dormitory, early this morning.
According to Pitt’s police chief, the threat was sent as an email to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter around 2 a.m. The email was sent again around 3 a.m.
The email read: “Our bomb is in a room in Litchfield Towers, not too far above Panthers Central.”
The reporter contacted authorities, and the students were woken up and the complex was then evacuated.
Officials say more than 1,800 students live in the three towers that make up the Litchfield Towers complex. Towers A, B and C were evacuated.
“We assumed it was a bomb threat at this point, which is sad because it’s like number 10 and it’s just ridiculous that we need to be waking up in the middle of the night,” said Christine Clark, a Pitt student.
Authorities gave the all clear around 6:30 a.m. and the students were allowed to return to their rooms.
“Give the students credit, they’re getting upset over this, but they left immediately and orderly,” Chief Delaney. “They understand the seriousness of it. We will not take the students safety at risk at any time.”
The threat at Litchfield Towers was the 10th threat in the last few weeks, and the third in just 24 hours.