Police Responding to ‘Emergency Situation’ at Boston University

Turns out it was a hoax.

Update: 9:40 a.m.

Boston police confirm the “emergency situation” was indeed a hoax.

Update: 9:36 a.m.

WCVB’s Sera Congi reports that Boston police say the “emergency situation” was a hoax.

Update: 9:30 a.m.

Commonwealth Avenue has been reopened to traffic, but 771 Comm. Ave. remains closed.


A heavy police presence has been reported near Boston University’s George Sherman Union student center, beside the BU Bridge in the center of campus.

BU reports a “heavy police presence,” and has advised students to stay clear of the area. Commonwealth Avenue at the BU Bridge has been closed, as Boston, BU, and State Police respond to the scene.

“There is an emergency situation with heavy police presence at 771 Commonwealth Ave.,’’ BUPD said in an emergency alert sent to students and faculty Friday morning. “Stay clear of the area.’’

According to one tweet from a BU student, police have evacuated the nearby Mugar Library.


Another BU student told NECN that he was inside Mugar when “a ton” of officers carrying assault rifles rushed in.

We will update this post as more information is available.