Bomb threats at courthouse, UT Austin force evacuations

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two bomb threats prompted evacuations Monday morning at both the University of Texas at Austin and the Austin Municipal Court. Texas State University said it also received an “identical, non-specific, unverified” threat.

UT Austin shut down the first floor of its main building around 8 a.m. after receiving what police later identified as a threat of an explosive device. Once police swept the main building and gave the all clear, UT reopened the building.

For those not as familiar with the main building, it’s the administrative building that wraps around the UT Tower. UT Austin Police said its officers would remain in and around the building but that it is safe for students and employees to return.

“Other governmental entities within the city of Austin also received similar threats,” UT police tweeted.

That included the Downtown Austin Community Court & Municipal Court. Police told us court employees voluntarily evacuated. APD’s bomb squad is currently investigating, and police believe the two threats may be linked. Employees returned to the building around 9:15 a.m.

Texas State said it did not find a credible threat.

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