Authorities Investigate Bomb Threats Against At Least 4 Hampton Roads Universities | Education

Authorities are investigating a series of bomb threats issued Tuesday against several universities and colleges in Hampton Roads.

Regent University in Virginia Beach, Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, Virginia Peninsula Community College in Hampton and Norfolk State University all received threats on Tuesday, according to school and public safety officials. No explosives were found on any of the campuses.

TCC Chesapeake received a threat from a backpack bomb with a timer located in an undisclosed area of ​​campus, according to the Chesapeake Fire Department. It was unclear whether other universities had received threats of a similar nature.

Chesapeake police and firefighters were at the TCC scene on Cedar Road at 11:47 a.m. and gave the “all clear” at 11:58 a.m., TCC spokeswoman Laura Sanford said.

University and Virginia Beach police conducted a sweep of the Regent campus and issued an “all clear” at 1:10 p.m., said Regent spokesman Chris Roslan.

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VPCC police received a threatening call at 12:18 p.m. Everyone was cleared to return at 2:18 p.m., according to a college spokesperson.

At NSU, a university spokesperson said the call about a bomb threat was passed to Norfolk police just before noon. A green light was issued at 1:17 p.m.

An FBI spokesman said Tuesday the bureau was aware of the bomb threats “received by multiple colleges and universities,” but declined to comment on the number of area colleges that had received threats.

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