LIVE BLOG: Activities return to normal after Maroon Alert issued at Mississippi State

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STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State University officials issued a maroon alert on Wednesday afternoon. They said there was “a safety concern” near the library.

The  library, Carpenter, Swalm, Hand, Health Center, Etheredege and Drill Field are all under an evacuation order.

Below is a live blog of how the situation unfolded Wednesday afternoon.

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Statement from Mississippi State:

The Mississippi State University Police Department is continuing to investigate a Wednesday [June 28] bomb threat. Police were on the scene within two minutes of receiving the threat by phone call just after 3:30 p.m. Bomb-sensing dogs also were dispatched immediately.

“Safety is our first priority, and we always will err on the side of caution,” said MSU Vice President of Student Affairs Regina Hyatt, who also serves as incident commander for the university’s Crisis Action Team.

A Maroon Alert message instructed those near Mitchell Memorial Library, including Carpenter Hall, Swalm, Hand Lab, Longest Student Health Center, Etheredge and the Drill Field to evacuate those areas.

The university has returned to normal operations, except in Mitchell Memorial Library, where access is still restricted.