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Du Pont Evacuated Due to Bomb Scare

Envelope Turns Out to Contain Buttons

By Kevin R. Lang
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Campus and Cambridge Police, the Cambridge Fire Department, and the Cambridge Bomb Squad descended on the du Pont Athletic Center yesterday evening to disarm an envelope containing historical medals and buttons.

MIT Spokesman Robert J. Sales said that Campus Police received a white, business-sized envelope around 6:00 p.m. Thursday. CPs scanned the envelope after discovering some red discoloration on the outside and detected the presence of metal.

Campus Police then called Cambridge Police at approximately 6:15 p.m. Cambridge Police called in the bomb squad and fire department.

Almost immediately, Campus Police evacuated both du Pont and Building W31, which includes Campus Police headquarters and the Athletic Department. Dozens of students waited outside du Pont and in the Student Center after simply being told to leave without explanation.

Sales said that the bomb squad tested the envelope and discovered that it contained historical buttons. Sales did not know who the envelope was addressed to, but it was apparently intended for the MIT Historical Collections. The red discoloration was found to be dye that had leaked on envelope.

By 7:15 p.m., Campus Police and Cambridge fire officials had entered W31, and the buildings were re-opened was given at 7:27.