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Bomb Threat Empties Buildings 6, 8

By Brian Rosenberg
Editor in Chief

A bomb threat on the morning of Jan. 7 emptied Building 6 and part of Building 8. The threat was the third since late November.

"This [number of threats] is unusual," said Campus Police Chief Anne P. Glavin. "In the past, we've averaged either none or one [threat] per year. We're looking to see if there's any discernible pattern to the threats, but there's no obvious single factor," she added.

The bomb threat was telephoned in to an answering machine, and Campus Police were notified of the threat at around 9:30 a.m.

According to Associate Director of the MIT News Office Robert C. DiIorio, an Institute employee in Building 6 "heard the phone ringing in their office from outside the door, and when they got in and answered, the caller had hung up. When the person checked the answering machine, there was a message saying, `There's a bomb in your office.' "

Glavin would not release the Campus Police's estimate of how long the message had been on the machine.

The standard procedure for bomb threats was followed and the fire alarm was sounded. "The edge of Building 8 was affected because the alarms overlap slightly in that region," Glavin said. Units of the Cambridge Fire Department responded to the alarm.

A search of the area revealed nothing unusual, and the all-clear signal was given around 10:20 a.m., Glavin said.

The two earlier bomb threats occurred on Dec. 3 and Nov. 18. The December threat was targeted at Building 3, while the November threat mentioned "seven bombs at 77 Massachusetts Ave."