UPDATE: 7:30 p.m., November 29
UNK reopens buildings following Tuesday evacuation
Report of suspicious package found to be no threat
KEARNEY – A suspicious bag that led to Tuesday’s evacuation of three buildings at the University of Nebraska at Kearney was not a threat.
At approximately 3 p.m., UNK evacuated the Fine Arts Building, Health and Sports Center and Cushing Coliseum after a faculty member reported a suspicious bag located outside the Fine Arts Building.
The Nebraska State Patrol responded to the scene and gave the “all clear” at 6:30 p.m., when its investigation found no explosive device and uncovered no threat to public safety.
All UNK parking lots and buildings are accessible as usual.
Approximately 400 students, faculty and staff were evacuated, including more than 40 children in the Child Development Center.
Events and night classes for Tuesday (Nov. 29) remain canceled. UNK faculty, staff and students needing access to Fine Arts Building, Cushing Coliseum or Health and Sports Center can retrieve belongings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Anyone needing special access during other hours should contact UNK Police at 308-865-8911.
Wednesday classes will occur as scheduled.
UNK Police, Kearney Police Department, Kearney Volunteer Fire Department and EMS personnel were among those who responded.
4:53 p.m. November 29
Because of the ongoing evacuation from the suspicious package, night classes tonight (Nov. 29) at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are cancelled.
All events scheduled on campus tonight (Nov. 29) are also cancelled.
A number of individuals may be stranded, with their keys or belongings remaining in their offices/classrooms. This is an inconvenience that we hope the university community will come together to help volunteer to get people home.