Update: A lockdown at Corning Community College was launched Friday morning after an art project was mistaken as a ‘suspicious package’ on campus, prompting police to do a building-by building search at the Spencer Hill Road campus.

“They determined that the campus was safe and it was art project that had been mistaken as a suspicious looking object,” said Director of Communication Stephanie Specchio, speaking from a statement by Bill Little, executive director of institutional advancement.

Police officers carrying long-guns were on campus to execute the search. The lockdown lasted less than an hour.

Update: As of 12:39 p.m., the lockdown has been lifted.

The Corning Community College website has been lifted to state the following: “Lockdown update: The lockdown has been lifted. No one was hurt. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.”

CORNING, N.Y. — Corning Community College is on lockdown as police conduct a building-by-building search on the Spencer Hill Road campus.

School officials said online that people in the area should stay in place.

The lockdown was issued just before noon Friday.

This is a developing story. 

Jolene Almendarez

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