Harvard orders evacuations after unconfirmed reports of explosives

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(CNN) — Four buildings at Harvard University are being evacuated after the school received an unconfirmed report that bombs may have been placed there, the Boston-area school said Monday on Twitter and its website.
Monday morning’s final exams have been canceled because of the report, student newspaper The Harvard Crimson posted on Twitter, citing Harvard Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay Harris.
“Science Center, Thayer, Sever, and Emerson. Evacuate those buildings now,” one of Harvard’s tweets read.
No explosions have been reported, Harvard emphasized.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the buildings have been evacuated while the report is investigated,” Harvard said on the emergency page of its website. “Harvard’s focus is on the safety of our students, faculty and staff.”
Harvard University and Cambridge police were on the scene investigating. The bomb report was made by phone, and the FBI is also among the investigating agencies, a law enforcement official told CNN.
Harvard’s final exams for the fall term began last week and are scheduled to go through Friday.
Thayer Hall is a freshman dormitory. The Harvard Science Center and Sever and Emerson halls are academic buildings.

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