Campus declared safe after bomb scare

By Derrick Perkins

The University of Massachusetts has been declared safe after a suspected explosive device was found in Herter Hall early this morning.

A custodian found the device at 5:20 a.m., and police cordoned off the surrounding area.

Classes were delayed until 11 a.m. On-campus students were advised to remain in or nearby their residence halls, and faculty, staff and commuting students were advised not to come to campus until at least 11 a.m. W.E.B. DuBois library was also evacuated and closed.

The University lifted the campus security alert after 9 a.m. and announced on its Web site that classes will continue following a normal schedule, starting at 11 a.m.

An ongoing investigation is being conducted.

CLICK HERE to see a video of the press conference held outside the campus Visitors Center this morning.