The Norman Transcript

February 13, 2014

Threat evacuates OSU parking garage


Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER — Okahoma HIghway Patrol bomb-sniffing dogs were searching the Oklahoma State University Multimodal Transportation Center and Monroe Street Parking Garage at noon Thursday.

An OSU campus operator received a call at 8:45 a.m. Thursday. The caller said a bomb had been placed at the Multimodal Transportation Center. The operator immediately notified OSU Police dispatch, University Police Chief Mike Robinson said at a noon press conference. The caller was identified as a woman, and the call came from a phone with an Oklahoma area code.

University Police were at the Multimodal Center and Parking Garage by 8:46 p.m. They established a perimeter, kept students and residents away and conducted an initial search, Robinson said. Some students were escorted into the parking garage after the initial search and allowed to remove their cars.

A bomb wasn't found, but the Oklahoma State University Police called in the Oklahoma Highway Patrol bomb dogs and bomb disposal crew.

Oklahoma State University's bus service continued to operate from a temporary terminal.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol bomb-sniffing dogs are conducting a sweep of the parking garage and multimodal center. The bomb disposal unit is on scene in case something is found.

At 10 a.m., university officials sent a campus alert to university faculty, staff and students asking them to stay away from the Multimodal Center and parking garage, University spokesman Gary Shutt said.

The caller was identified as having the voice of woman, and the threat specific to the facility. 

"OSU Police did a great job of responding to this," Shutt said.