NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Smith College officials are urging people to avoid two buildings on campus, due to a bomb threat Friday morning.

The college’s official Twitter account put out a public safety alert, calling for people to avoid Burton Hall and Sabin-Reed Hall until further notice, after Campus Safety received a bomb threat.

A shelter-in-place order was temporarily issued for the campus at around 6:30 a.m., but that has since been lifted. Smith College sent a notice out to the student, staff, and faculty at around 7:40 a.m. explaining the incident.

Early this morning, the Northampton Police Department received an anonymous report of multiple explosive devices in Burton Hall. An emergency alert was sent out as soon as the report was received. 

Shortly after the report was received, Campus Safety received a report of an unidentified individual potentially dropping and then walking away from an object on campus. Out of an abundance of caution, and following the earlier bomb threat, Campus Safety issued a shelter in place order. 

Both reports were investigated and no threats to campus were found. The shelter in place order was lifted at 6:58 a.m. We are grateful to the City of Northampton police and fire departments for their prompt response and assistance. 

While there was no physical harm to campus, we recognize that incidents like these can cause significant distress. Health and wellness resources are available for both students and employees, and we encourage every member of our community to take advantage of these support networks. 

Campus Safety will continue to share any further information as it becomes available. 

David DeSwert, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Jim Gray, Associate Vice President for Facilities & Operations