Multiple bomb threats reported at Yale; residents urged to stay clear of downtown New Haven


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Multiple bomb threats were called in on the campus of Yale University Friday, school officials said, shutting down many roads in downtown New Haven.

Seven buildings in the Old Campus area received bomb threats at around 2 p.m., Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins said.

The University Theater, Jonathan Edwards College, the Yale Art Gallery, Vanderbilt Hall, Bingham Hall, Welch Hall, and Grace Hopper College were all evacuated, Higgins said.

Old Campus is currently blocked off to traffic and passerby. High Street is currently blocked at George Street.

Residents are urged to stay clear of downtown until further notice, city officials said. Mayor Justin Elicker said roads will be closed for at least two or three hours.

According to the university, out of an abundance of caution, multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene, including the Department of Homeland Security.

Students evacuated to New Haven Green.

Elicker posted a statement on Facebook, saying in part: “New Haven Fire, New Haven Police, Yale University Police, and specialized hazardous device teams are working to inspect and investigate all areas until they are safe.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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