Seton Hall reopens after Facebook bomb hoax

Posted at 9:01 PM, May 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-30 22:20:36-04

Seton Hall officials reopened the South Orange campus Thursday after no explosives were found following a bomb hoax earlier in the day.

The Essex County Sherriff’s Office confirmed that  at 3:00 p.m. someone posted on Facebook that there was a “bomb in every building.”  Students, faculty and visitors were began evacuating minutes later.

Seton Hall Evac

The Essex County Sherriff’s Office confirmed that at 3:00 p.m. someone posted on Facebook that there was a “bomb in every building.”

The bomb squad was called in to investigate, but with 15 buildings on the campus, it took more than 2 hours to re-open.  The main campus is being reopened strictly to residence students and essential university personnel until 8 a.m. Friday.

Summer classes began May 21; there were some 100 people on the campus at the time of the threat.

No arrests have been made.

The Department of Public Safety and Security issued the following statement Thursday:

“Seton Hall University will reopen its main campus in South Orange beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 31, following a bomb threat posted earlier in the day on social media. The Essex County Bomb Squad and other local law enforcement agencies conducted a thorough search of each of the buildings on campus and found no evidence of explosive devices.  Only residence students and essential University personnel are being allowed back on campus at this time. All classes and campus operations will resume as normal beginning Friday.

The University was notified by the South Orange Police Department of the online threat at approximately 3:36 p.m. today and then closed the campus and began evacuating all individuals from the buildings as a precaution during the search.  The University takes threats of this nature seriously and is working closely with police officials to investigate the matter.”