Police Department

Harvard University Report of Explosive Device


At approximately 9:45 a.m. this morning, the Harvard University Police Department received a phone call from an unidentified caller stating that explosive devices were left at various locations throughout the Harvard Campus. As a result of that telephone call Harvard University Police contacted Cambridge Police and Fire Departments for assistance. Based on the information received a decision was made by the Harvard University Police to evacuate those locations identified by the caller.

Cambridge Police and Fire personnel met up with Harvard University Police, and a command post was established. Based on the number of locations implicated, the decision was made to bring in additional assets to assist with the searching and clearing of the buildings.

A systematic search of the locations were completed by unified teams consisting of Cambridge Police SRT, Cambridge Police EOD comprised of four Cambridge Police Bomb Detection Dogs along with MBTA Transit and Boston Police EOD teams.  Boston FBI, Boston Regional Intelligence Center along with Harvard University Police is investigating the leads regarding the caller. At 1:40 PM all locations were secured with nothing found.

Given the gravity of the situation, this incident is being actively investigated by the Boston Field office of the FBI and Harvard University Police. Anyone who may have any information regarding this situation is urged to call the Boston Field Office of the FBI at 617-742-5533 or Harvard University Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 617-495-1796.

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