Harvard Evacuates Four Buildings After Unconfirmed Bomb Threat

Police restricted access to the Yard.

Photo by Olga Khvan

Photo by Olga Khvan

Update: Monday, 3:50 p.m.

Searches of Emerson and Sever Halls have been completed and the buildings have been reopened, along with entry to the Yard. Searches of Thayer Hall and the Science Center continue.

Update: Monday, 2:00 p.m.

Harvard has released a statement from Katie Lapp, executive vice president of Harvard, indicating that they’re still searching the buildings, but nothing harmful has been found:

As of this writing, nothing to substantiate the emailed threat has been found. Harvard is working with local and federal law enforcement officials to investigate the source of the threat, which has not yet been determined.


Harvard University has evacuated four buildings in response to an unconfirmed bomb threat on its Cambridge Campus.

Harvard announced it had received the threat around 12:30 p.m. Monday. Sever, Emerson, and Thayer Halls, as well as the Science Center, were evacuated. “The four buildings are being searched,” the school said. “We expect this process will likely take several hours. We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.”

In the meantime, Cambridge and Harvard police, joined by federal agents, have restricted entry to the Yard.

Cape Cod Community College and Fitchburg State University also received bomb threats Monday.