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Spokane Police investigate Gonzaga bomb scare

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All quiet on campus after a bomb scare Thursday morning All quiet on campus after a bomb scare Thursday morning
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Thursday morning Gonzaga University was shut down, buildings were evacuated, and Spokane Police swarmed the campus. Someone had called in a bomb threat.

Twenty minutes into his morning workout class, Gonzaga University student Brian Pete was pulled out, "they were just taking us out, without explanation," he says.

University Security had already begun the process of evacuating the students.

"The priority of threat was determined to be buildings that would be open early in the morning, that would be ready for classes, or staff would be coming in, places like college hall," says Mary Joan Hahn, the university public relations director.

A little before 7am, an unknown male called the Spokane Police Department telling them there was a bomb somewhere on the Gonzaga campus. After hours of searching, the police determined the call could not be substantiated.

"These calls have consequences whether or not the threat is real," says Officer Teresa Fuller. Fuller says the department takes calls like this very seriously. The threat to bomb or injure property is a class 'b' felony and can carry one year in jail.

Though the call came in from outside of campus, Fuller says the department has ways to locate people who make these types of calls.

"It's getting easier and easier for us, because there are cameras everywhere. We have ways of investigating things. Whether it's a computer where the threat comes in on and we can trace the internet address that it came from or if it was called by phone," says Fuller.

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