SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A bomb threat called in to a bank branch at San Diego State University prompted a more than two-hour evacuation of the West Commons Wednesday while police and bomb-sniffing dogs investigated.
A caller made the threat to the U.S. Bank branch inside the West Commons area about 3:30 p.m., according to Gina Jacobs of San Diego State.
The commons area and the immediate surrounding areas were cordoned off. No other buildings were evacuated, as the West Commons is adjacent to a construction site, Jacobs said.
Students, faculty and staff were notified via text message, email and through the university's website, Jacobs said.
University police and three bomb-sniffing dogs from outside agencies were brought in to investigate, but a device was not found, Jacobs said.
Shortly after 5:30 p.m. university officials said the building was safe to re-enter.
Campus police would continue to investigate who called in the threat, Jacobs said.
The eateries in the commons area on the west side of the Campanile Drive campus closed regularly at 2 p.m. and classes are scheduled to start next week, Jacobs said.
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