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Aug. 13, 2007

UPDATED: Jessup Hall, Old Capitol Museum Evacuated Because Of Suspicious Package

Jessup Hall and Old Capitol Museum on the University of Iowa campus have been evacuated because of a suspicious package that has been found outside of the south side of Jessup Hall, according to UI Department of Public Safety Director Chuck Green.

Faculty, staff and students in Maclean Hall were also moved to the south side of the building.

"UI Police have called in the Johnson County bomb squad to investigate," Green said. "Meanwhile, Jessup Hall has been completely evacuated and a perimeter of 100-yards radius established until the package can be inspected and evaluated."

The University of Iowa received an anonymous e-mail this morning indicating there were four pipe bombs on campus building and grounds, according to a campus-wide e-mail sent from the UI Department of Public Safety.

Green said that the e-mail was sent to a UI employee who works out of Seashore Hall, but that the threat didn't indicate where the pipe bombs supposedly are or why they were put there in the first place.

"We ask UI personnel to be on the lookout for anything suspicious," said Green. "If anyone finds anything resembling a pipe bomb, they should not approach it, evacuate immediately and call 911."

All area law enforcement and the local fire departments were notified, and the Johnson County Bomb Squad is on standby should the threat prove to be legitimate.

In the mean time, UI information technology employees are working on tracing the e-mail to find out who sent it.

Anyone with any other information is encouraged to call UI police at 319-335-5022

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000

MEDIA CONTACT: Charles Green, 319-335-5026, charles-green@uiowa.edu, or Steve Parrott, steven-parrott@uiowa.edu, phone 319-335-0552, cell 319-530-6972