Update 8:30 p.m. —
Cornell has sent out the following statement:
Ithaca, N.Y. – Cornell University Police (CUPD) is seeking the public’s help in gathering information related to a suspicious device that was removed from campus today by the Endicott Bomb Squad.
A CUPD officer was approached at 2:07 p.m. by a Cornell employee who reported a suspicious package located outdoors along Sciences Drive between Clark and Bailey Halls. The bomb squad was called after CUPD inspected the area and determined the package to be a potentially dangerous device.
The area was immediately secured and an alert was distributed to the campus community informing the public that portions of the following buildings were being evacuated: Space Sciences, Clark Hall, Bailey Hall, Savage Hall, Kinzelberg Hall, Newman Lab and Baker Lab.
The bomb squad safely removed the device at 5:35 p.m. No other information is available regarding the device, which is being analyzed at a bomb squad laboratory.
Also responding to the scene was the Ithaca Police Department, Ithaca Fire Department and Bangs Ambulance.
CUPD is investigating the incident and is seeking leads from the public. Anyone who has witnessed suspicious activity or has information regarding the device is asked to call 607-255-1111.
On April 14, the Endicott Bomb Squad was called to campus to remove a small explosive placed in a cylinder less than three-inches long and about three-quarters of an inch in diameter, requiring a heat source to activate. Investigators did not find the incident to be malicious in nature and have no reason to believe at this time that the two incidents are related. Additional details about the April 14 incident remain unavailable as the investigation continues.
Update 7 p.m. —
“The situation at Clark Hall has been resolved and the area has been reopened. All activities may resume at this time,” Cornell said in an alert.
Ithaca, N.Y. — Authorities are asking the public to stay away from Clark Hall Tuesday afternoon after a “suspicious device” was found at the campus building, according to an alert sent to the Cornell community.
Law enforcement doesn’t believe the device poses a danger, but will be taking precautions to make sure that’s the case, according to a Cornell spokesperson.
Here’s the text of the alert:
“Be advised that a suspicious device has been found outside of Clark Hall; police, fire and EMS are on scene.”
“We ask that you stay away from the immediate area.”
Clark Hall is on the university’s Central Campus. Classes have been canceled in Clark Hall, Space Science, Savage/Kinzelberg, S.T. Olin, Bailey, Baker Lab and Newman Hall.
Ithaca police helped the U.S. Marshals Service arrest a fugitive from Texas on Monday, according to a news release.
Some updated photos taken by Zac Peterson of a robot apparently being used:
We’ll provide updates as they become available.