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Published September 14, 2012, 05:57 PM

Thousands return back on NDSU's campus after a massive evacuation

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Thousands of people are being allowed back on NDSU's campus, after a bomb threat forced a massive evacuation. It's the third bomb threat in our region in just a few days. We've been on scene, bringing you live updates of breaking news from campus.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Thousands of people are being allowed back on NDSU's campus, after a bomb threat forced a massive evacuation. It's the third bomb threat in our region in just a few days. We've been on scene, bringing you live updates of breaking news from campus.

Things have finally calmed down here at NDSU's campus. Classes are in session, students living in dorms are allowed to return home. Police are releasing few details about the bomb threat, but say the entire campus has been searched thoroughly, and students are safe to be on campus.

Less than 30 minutes. That's how long the 20 thousand plus NDSU students, staff and faculty had to clear campus, after a bomb threat was called in to the university.

Dean Breschani/NDSU President: "That was the deadline set by the university to allow a safe window of opportunity for every body to be gone before we felt there was potential for the threat to become more real.

Students poured into the streets, huddling in groups. Meantime traffic was at a standstill - students stuck on campus at least 20 minutes after the deadline while law enforcement crews combed campus for 2 hours.

Breschani: "keep in mind this is a complicated matter, not just the main campus, but our agricultural facility in the city, as well as our downtown campus facilities."

Patrol cars blocked entrances into campus, even major roads surrounding NDSU. It was evident that the search was comprehensive. City, local, campus, and federal officials were called to help.

Lt. Joel Vettel/Fargo Police: "They've done an extremely good job in handling the situation. It speaks volumes of how training, and preparations for these types of events has changed."

Police are releasing no specifics on the call, and won't give details on the search process, or even if they found anything. They say its to protect the investigation.

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