UNK Evacuates three buildings due to suspicious package

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.


3:08 pm, November 29

University of Nebraska at Kearney is evacuating three buildings on campus due to a report of a suspicious bag near the Fine Arts Building.

All students, faculty, staff and visitors are being asked to evacuate the following UNK Buildings: Fine Arts Building, Health and Sports Center and Cushing Coliseum.

The buildings will remain vacant until further notice.

For more information contact:
Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, 308.865.8454, 308.293.2602