TTU officials give all-clear after suspicious package removed from campus

TTU officials give all-clear after suspicious package removed from campus

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Emergency alerts from Texas Tech University say Texas Tech police have given the all-clear and students and staff are able to re-enter Talkington Hall and surrounding buildings.

The first alert came out around 2:30 p.m. about a suspicious package on campus, in the parking lot near Talkington Hall and the Merket Alumni Center. TTU Police, LPD and other emergency officials arrived on the scene.

As of 2:55 p.m., the bomb squad was on the scene investigating the suspicious package.

At 3:55 p.m., another alert message was sent out saying, "The bomb squad continues to evaluate a suspicious device that is attached to a vehicle east of Talkington Hall."

At 4:39 p.m., a message was sent out saying, "The suspicious device has been placed in a containment pod and removed from campus. At this time, the area is continuing to be searched. Please continue to avoid the area. "

The first automated phone call from the university said there was a bomb threat on campus and all buildings needed to be evacuated. The second alert from Texas Tech said they're investigating a suspicious package and the evacuation of all buildings is not necessary, but everyone should avoid the Talkington Hall area.

Officials with Texas Tech released a statement on the situation:

Texas Tech Police Department (TTPD) received a call this afternoon concerning a "suspicious package" in the parking lot east of Talkington Hall.

Just 30 minutes after the initial call about the suspicious package, and less than 2 miles down the road, police believe a pipe bomb was found at Happy State Bank at 19th and Quaker.

At this time, there is no word if the two situations are connected.

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