November 28, 2018 / 10:05 PM / 17 days ago

UPDATE 1-Texas Southern University cancels classes after bomb threat

(Adds details about bomb threat)

Nov 28 (Reuters) - Texas Southern University, one of the largest historically black universities in the United States, canceled classes and evacuated the campus on Wednesday after a bomb threat, officials said.

The threat to the school in Houston was made in a call to emergency dispatchers, Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said by phone.

“It was a generalized bomb threat,” Silva said.

The evacuation order affected thousands of students and extended also to the dorms, Steve Scheffler, a spokesman for the university, said by phone.

“We’re just conducting a thorough sweep of the campus,” he said.

It was unclear when the university, which was founded in 1927, would reopen. (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles and Gabriella Borter in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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