Materials on MIT Campus Investigated and Deemed Harmless


6/7/2011

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Public safety officials have cleared the scene at MIT and have announced that the area is safe to re-enter. Officials have investigated and determined there was no threat to campus or public safety.  On Tuesday, June 7, at 7:30 a.m., Cambridge Police responded to a report of suspicious materials inside a common area of an MIT dorm located at 471 Memorial Drive.

Officials evacuated the building and Cambridge Police Bomb Techs determined that the materials should be disrupted. A disruption took place at approximately 9:50 a.m., and afterward Cambridge Bomb Techs reentered the building and determined the need for a second disruption. An adjacent dorm was evacuated as a precaution and a second disruption took place at approximately 11:30 a.m. Memorial Drive has been reopened to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. MIT Police, Cambridge Police, Cambridge Fire, State Police, Boston Police, FBI and ATF responded to the scene.

An object that had the appearance and characteristics of a pipe bomb turned out, upon further examination, to be a collection of harmless materials. Officials are grateful to the responding federal, state and local agencies for investigating and ensuring the safety of the campus and surrounding areas.

Officials also thank the community for heeding requests to stay clear of the area while emergency crews completed their investigation.

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