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Evacuation at University of Providence due to reported threat

University of Providence in Great Falls, Montana (July 8, 2022)
University of Providence - Great Falls
University of Providence - Great Falls
University of Providence in Great Falls, Montana
Posted at 2:58 PM, Jul 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-08 20:30:09-04

(UPDATE, 3:43 p.m.) At about 3:40 p.m., school officials said that police determined that there is "no longer a credible threat to the campus, and the situation is clear." The school said that the campus will remain closed until Monday, July 11th, adding that Sunday Mass will be held as scheduled.

Sergeant Cunningham of the GFPD says officers found nothing suspicious at either the University of Providence or nearby Great Falls College MSU, after an anonymous caller reported the presence of an explosive device.

Sgt. Cunningham said at least one other Montana community, and several cities across the country, have received threats of the same nature, with very similar details. The threats seem to be coming from outside the country.

(1st REPORT, 2:58 p.m.) The Great Falls Police Department is investigating a possible threat at the University of Providence.

The school has issued an evacuation order for everyone on campus; there is no word on the credibility of the threat.

Students received a text message at 2:27 p.m. that said: "BOMB THREAT on campus. EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY. Reply with YES to confirm receipt."

Bomb threat at University of Providence in Great Falls

The GFPD said: "Community members may see an increased police presence at University of Providence, as officers investigate a potential threat."

The GFPD says if you are on the school grounds to please adhere to the evacuation order by calmly leaving campus, or by not going to the campus as you had planned.

The campus is located at 1301 20th Street South, between the Target-Albertsons plaza and the Great Falls College-MSU.

We will update you if we get more information.