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Bomb threat causes evacuation of Texas A&M University, traffic jam

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Student Amy Hoeks waits for the Texas A&M campus to reopen while authorities investigate a bomb threat Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 in College Station, Texas.

Investigators were still searching facilities at the 17.5-acre main campus of Texas A&M University Friday afternoon, after a bomb threat caused the evacuation of about 60,000 students and faculty from its main campus in College Station, Texas.

The university said it issued a "Code Maroon" message after a general threat to the campus in College Station, Texas, was received around 11:34 a.m. No details about the threat were released.

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The university asked students and faculty to proceed on foot and to not use vehicle, but traffic routes in and out of the campus were jammed, police said.

All classes for the rest of the day were canceled, university officials said, but events planned for the evening were still on.

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The main campus in College Station is about 95 miles northwest of Houston.

Last month, bomb threats forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of students at universities in Louisiana, Indiana, Ohio, North Dakota, and at the University of Texas at Austin, one of the country’s largest universities and A&M’s rival. 

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