Posted: Sep 18, 2012 5:59 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Sep 18, 2012 5:59 PM
BATON ROUGE- LSU cleared nearly 30,000 people off it's campus within about an hour after a bomb threat called into the 911 call center.
The call came in around 10:30 a.m. Monday, and students were warned an hour later. LSU says during that time, the information had to transfered from the call center to the campus and then vetted for its credibility.
"We feel like we moved quickly once the information was gathered, the decision was made very quickly to order the investigation and move forward," said Herb Vincent, Associate Vice Chancellor at LSU.
This wasn't the first bomb scare at LSU, but the campus had never been evacuated before. Police won't answer what made the call credible, but say recent bomb threats at other universities may have played a role.
"I think that definitely had an affect on some of the decisions that were made," said Capt. Cory Lalonde with LSU Police. "It is something that happened recently and something you have to take into account. It's just a situation where certain things were said along with certain other circumstances and sometimes you do have to err on the side of caution for public safety."
Police said they'll learn from the evacuation and hope to improve certain issues in the future, including traffic.
"We gotta look at the traffic and we need to look at how to move people off-campus more quickly," Vincent said. "Obviously we face that every weekend during football games, but this is a more important reason for getting people off-campus... The important thing is we got people out of the buildings quickly and they moved very quickly."