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UPDATE: MSUB Students, Faculty and Staff Return to Campus After Bomb Threat

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

Billings and University police clear MSU Billings' campus after receiving an anonymous bomb threat Wednesday morning.

According to University police Chief Scott Forshee, Billings Police Department received a call at 9:10 a.m. saying there may be a bomb on MSUB's campus. MSUB's admissions and financial aid office then received a call saying the same thing.

Forshee says the emergency crisis committee got together and made the decision to evacuated the campus. The university campus, City College, outreach office, and office downtown were evacuated because there wasn't a specific location. Forshee says the university used its emergency notification systems to notify faculty, staff and students at 10:30 a.m.

Billings police assisted in traffic control during the evacuations, and also had two bomb technicians on scene to assist with sweeping the buildings. Forshee says situations like this can be chaotic, but the evacuation went smoothly. Students in residence halls were shuttled to Rocky Mountain College. Rocky opened up their buildings to the MSUB students, and also provided lunch.

Forshee says they finished sweeping the campus before noon and students were cleared to return to campus at 1 p.m. Classes are set to resume at 6 p.m.

Chancellor Mark Nook says there will be a debriefing session with the committee to talk about timelines and if there were any issues. He says it is essential to have these emergency plans. Nook also wants to thank the community and its partners for stepping up and helping.

An investigation is ongoing.

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