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Harvard Student Arrested For Campus Bomb-Scare Hoax

The university police department received a report that explosives were placed in four buildings on campus. Update: The man suspected of calling in the fake threats has been identified as Eldo Kim, a 20-year-old student.

1. Update — Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m ET: Eldo Kim, a 20-year-old student was arrested Tuesday for allegedly calling in false bomb threats.


Jim Armstrong

@JimArmstrongWBZ

Last night, FBI went to Kim’s on-campus Harvard dorm; they say he confessed to bomb threats. Next: Federal court tomorrow morning.

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Jim Armstrong

@JimArmstrongWBZ

Kim allegedly told investigators he sent bomb threats to avoid a final exam. They say he tried to hide his email address; didn’t work.

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Jim Armstrong

@JimArmstrongWBZ

Here is text of Kim’s Harvard bomb hoax email from yesterday, accd to US Atty: (1/2)

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Jim Armstrong

@JimArmstrongWBZ

“shrapnel bombs placed in:science center sever hall emerson hall thayer hall2/4. guess correctly.be quick for they will go off soon”(2/2)

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6. Harvard University was put out an alert on its emergency page Monday morning, warning students and faculty that explosives may have been placed in four buildings on campus.


9:33am EST

The Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) this morning received an unconfirmed report that explosives may have been placed in four buildings on campus: the Science Center, Thayer, Sever and Emerson Halls. HUPD and Cambridge Police are on the scene. Out of an abundance of caution, the buildings have been evacuated while the report is investigated. Harvard’s focus is on the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We will update the media when we have more information.

9:13am EST

Harvard Alert-HUPD and CPD are on the scene and investigating. Please stand by for more info.

9:02am EST

Unconfirmed reports of explosives at four sites on campus: Science Center, Thayer, Sever, and Emerson. Please evacuate those buildings now.

7. An hour later, Cambridge Police confirmed that they were investigating the bomb threat and evacuating the four buildings named in the emergency alert.

Unconfirmed reports of bombs placed on Harvard Campus No reports of explosions. People should remain calm and check back for updates #CambMA

— CambridgePolice (@Cambridge Police)

Cambridge Police

@CambridgePolice

Unconfirmed reports of bombs placed on Harvard Campus No reports of explosions. People should remain calm and check back for updates #CambMA

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4 buildings are being evacuated at Harvard. CPD, HUPD, MBTA PD, and BPD are on scene assisting. We will continue to update. #CambMA

— CambridgePolice (@Cambridge Police)

Cambridge Police

@CambridgePolice

4 buildings are being evacuated at Harvard. CPD, HUPD, MBTA PD, and BPD are on scene assisting. We will continue to update. #CambMA

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9. There were no reports of explosions.

A HUPD patrol car sits outside the Science Center Mon. morning after bomb threats forced evacuation of the building

— thecrimson (@The Harvard Crimson)

The Harvard Crimson

@thecrimson

A HUPD patrol car sits outside the Science Center Mon. morning after bomb threats forced evacuation of the building

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10. The bomb threat was called in the midst of this semester’s final exams.

Students & police wait in Science Center Plaza after bomb threat forces evacuation Mon. morning. Updates @thecrimson

— thecrimson (@The Harvard Crimson)

The Harvard Crimson

@thecrimson

Students & police wait in Science Center Plaza after bomb threat forces evacuation Mon. morning. Updates @thecrimson

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Webcam at @Harvard shows area near evacuated zone, after unconfirmed reports of explosives found in 4 buildings.

— jmsardo (@José Miguel Sardo)

José Miguel Sardo

@jmsardo

Webcam at @Harvard shows area near evacuated zone, after unconfirmed reports of explosives found in 4 buildings.

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Travel around @Harvard's science center blocked by @CambridgePolice amid potential bomb scare. @NECN #harvard

— JMichaelsNews (@Justin Michaels)

Justin Michaels

@JMichaelsNews

Travel around @Harvard’s science center blocked by @CambridgePolice amid potential bomb scare. @NECN #harvard

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Another pic @BBC_HaveYourSay

— SHECstasy (@James Shecter)

James Shecter

@SHECstasy

Another pic @BBC_HaveYourSay

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Firemen guarding the entrance to the Yard on Oxford Street.

— ABPardue (@Andrew Pardue)

Andrew Pardue

@ABPardue

Firemen guarding the entrance to the Yard on Oxford Street.

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Students have filled Annenberg Hall after being evacuated this morning due to bomb threats. More @thecrimson

— thecrimson (@The Harvard Crimson)

The Harvard Crimson

@thecrimson

Students have filled Annenberg Hall after being evacuated this morning due to bomb threats. More @thecrimson

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16. Many on Twitter instantly began speculating that the bomb threat was a hoax.

The second we begin our exam, the fire alarms go off. #bombthreat #lolwhat

— ABPardue (@Andrew Pardue)

Andrew Pardue

@ABPardue

The second we begin our exam, the fire alarms go off. #bombthreat #lolwhat

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This isn't real life... A bomb threat hits at the exact time we were supposed to start our exam.

— SHECstasy (@James Shecter)

James Shecter

@SHECstasy

This isn’t real life… A bomb threat hits at the exact time we were supposed to start our exam.

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Pretty sure this bomb threat at Harvard was just a ploy to delay finals

— estephaf (@Estepha Francisque)

Estepha Francisque

@estephaf

Pretty sure this bomb threat at Harvard was just a ploy to delay finals

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Nerds at Harvard take finals seriously! If they don't feel ready they just call in bomb threats. #Harvard

— xPrettyReckless (@Käri Anne✌)

Käri Anne✌

@xPrettyReckless

Nerds at Harvard take finals seriously! If they don’t feel ready they just call in bomb threats. #Harvard

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20. Harvard’s on-campus newspaper The Crimson reported that students began applauding when the announcement was made.

Following announcement, students erupt in applause.

— thecrimson (@The Harvard Crimson)

The Harvard Crimson

@thecrimson

Following announcement, students erupt in applause.

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21. By 3 p.m. Monday, the four buildings evacuated were cleared and reopened to students and faculty.

Update: Science Center cleared. Students, faculty, and staff should enter through Science Plaza doors. All four sites now open.

— Harvard (@Harvard University)

Harvard University

@Harvard

Update: Science Center cleared. Students, faculty, and staff should enter through Science Plaza doors. All four sites now open.

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