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Police: No threat found after SMCC bomb scare

UPDATE 1:45 PM... Police, using eight police bomb canine units, have not found any threat on campus. The college is reopened. Classes will resume at 4:00 PM.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The caller's voice was disguised but the threat was clear: three bombs somewhere on an 80 acre campus.

At 8:42 AM, an employee of the Southern Maine Community College Security Center took the call. The caller said there were three bombs on campus. The caller did not, according to South Portland's fire department, give a specific location or detonation times.

After the call, all three SMCC campuses were evacuated. The college has campuses in South Portland, Bath and Brunswick. Dorms at the South Portland campus were evacuated and students were shepherded to the gymnasium.

Portland and South Portland police sent their bomb-sniffing dogs to search the campus buildings. The campus has 48 buildings across 80 acres of land.

At 11:20 AM, security officers gave the all-clear for students to return to their dorms.

Officials at the school do not expect classes to resume before 4:00 PM.

Crews say there is no active emergency, just an evacuation. There have been no injuries.

7,482 students are enrolled at SMCC. The school boasts a student/teacher ratio of 19:1.


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