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Kirkwood gets second bomb threat

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -  Students were evacuated Thursday after a bomb threat at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.

It's the second threat in as many days.

WHO-TV in Des Moines received an e-mail warning of a bomb in the Linn, Benton, or Iowa buildings on campus.

It's a trend students at Kirkwood College are becoming all too familiar with.

"If this continues, this is getting a bit rediculous," said Joseph Rion, a sophomore at Kirkwood.

Around noon Thursday, students, and faculty in several campus buildings were alerted through Kirkwood's emergency system to evacuate because of another bomb threat.

Within an hour, police were able to determine no immediate threat and allowed staff and students back into the buildings.

"Any time we get a threat like this we take it seriously because the safety of students is a priority," said Sgt. Cristy Hamblin with the Cedar Rapids Police.

On Monday morning an explosive device went off in a pop machine outside the apartment complex where freshman Kara VanOstrand lives.  No one was hurt, but nearby cars were badly damaged.

"That just shows that something could happen to Kirkwood while students and faculty are in them," said VanOstrand. 

Police continue their investigation and are still not sure if Monday's events are related to the bomb scares from Wednesday and Thursday.

Students were able to go back inside the evacuated buildings around 1:00 and classes started back up an hour later.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner


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