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A building on the University of South Carolina ‘s campus was evacuated Friday morning after reported bomb threat, a university official said.

Students and professors stood across the street from the The College of Engineering and Computing, located at 300 Main St., after hearing a fire alarm at around 10:45 a.m. and being escorted outside by police.

“USCPD was made aware of an unspecific bomb threat at 300 main, took appropriate action and conducted a threat assessment,” USC spokesman Jeff Stensland said in a text message. “The threat has been cleared and the campus remains under normal operating conditions.”

After searching the building, police did not find a bomb, Stensland said. USC said the investigation is active and would not say whether police have a suspect or have made any arrests, Stensland said.

Just before 11:30 a.m., police allowed students and faculty back into the building and classes resumed.

Lucas Daprile has been covering the University of South Carolina and higher education since March 2018. Before working for The State, he graduated from Ohio University and worked as an investigative reporter at TCPalm in Stuart, FL. There, where he won multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for his political and environmental coverage.
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