ISU Police receive bomb threat at Durham Center, find nothing suspicious

An officer armed with a rifle patrols Durham Center. Iowa State sent out a campus alert at 12:50 a.m. April 27 stating that a caller had contacted ISU Police with a bomb threat to Durham Center on campus.

Isd Staff

UPDATE 12:30 p.m.

As of 12:30 p.m. on Monday, the ISU Police Department has no updates in the investigation of a bomb threat to Durham Center that caused the department to evacuate and search the building early Monday morning. 

Though they do not have a suspect in mind as to who placed an 11-minute phone call to the department threatening to bomb Durham Center, ISU Police Capt. Aaron Delashmutt said the department will continue to try trace the call and locate the caller. 

While Parks Library was evacuated at about 1 a.m. Monday, police had surrounded the Durham Center, which still had some students and faculty members in the building. Delashmutt said some faculty members chose to stay in their office in Durham while police searched the building. 

“We are obviously always monitoring the situation, and we try to keep everyone updated,” Delashmutt said. 

UPDATE 5:32 a.m. —

An unidentified person called ISU Police and indicated there was a bomb in Durham Center early Monday morning, according to ISU Police.

The phone call, which lasted about 11 minutes, resulted in a search of the building where nothing suspicious was found. Officials gave the all-clear and began to leave the area around 5 a.m. Monday.

Students and staff were notified of the bomb threat just before 1 a.m. Monday by an ISU Alert and were told to avoid the area. Students and staff were evacuated from nearby Parks Library during the search.

The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with any information about this case or who sees suspicious activity is asked to immediately contact ISU Police by calling 515-294-4428 or 911.

UPDATE 5:00 a.m. —

Police officers completed their investigation of a bomb threat made on the Durham Center and issued an all-clear for the building at 5 a.m. Monday.

The Durham Center is set to reopen at 6:30 a.m. Monday.

FIRST REPORT 12:55 a.m. —

The ISU Police Department has issued an alert for students and faculty to stay away from the Durham Center. 

Police were contacted earlier by a caller threatening to bomb the facility, according to the ISU Alert. Police are on the scene and investigating the call. 

Meanwhile, they ask students to stay away from the area. According to the police scanner, students were filing out of the library directly after the alert was sent around 12:50 a.m.

Both Ames and ISU Police did not want to comment on the situation. Police officers on the scene had no updates. Police said more information would become available in a press release on Monday.