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Students react to threat on OSU campus

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 2/13 5:26 pm Published: 2/13 4:30 pm

STILLWATER, Okla. - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Oklahoma State University campus police said all is safe after a bomb threat was called in at OSU’s Stillwater campus.

The threat involved a campus bus station and a parking garage near the bus station. Hundreds of students park in that garage and had to wait a long time to get their cars out.

“(I) was in my art class this morning and I got a text message, and everybody was like, ‘Oh, my goodness!’ Great, I’m parked at Monroe parking garage,” said Brylea Lind, an OSU student.

At that point Lind still didn’t know it was a bomb threat that shut that garage down.

“I wondered what was going on, because they weren’t very specific,” she said.

FOX23 learned a woman called in a bomb threat around 8:45 Thursday morning. Campus police arrived within minutes and locked the area down. They immediately began a sweep of both buildings.

An hour later they sent out an alert to students and parents.

“I was a little freaked out when the white cars came in, but I think that everything’s being handled pretty well,” said Lind.

The white cars belonged to OHP, which went in for a second sweep, this time with bomb-sniffing dogs.

When they found nothing, investigators let students pick up their cars, since fewer cars would mean less for the dogs to search.

“They escort you to your car, and I think they’re going to, like, search all the cars as people get to them. And we’re on level three, and I think they’re on level two right now. So hopefully this will go quickly,” said Lind.

It didn’t.

“Probably about an hour; hour and 15 minutes or so,” she said.

But Lind tried to stay positive.

“I’m so glad it’s not frigid and freezing cold outside,” she said.

And about 10 minutes later she was escorted in to get her car.

Some students were unhappy with how the school handled the situation. Students in a classroom building near the area being searched were upset they weren’t evacuated. Neither was a fraternity next to the garage.

Ben Annuschat woke up to a text alert about the bomb threat just like every other student, but he was a little surprised that was the only reason he and his fraternity brothers knew about it.

“It was kind of scary because, you know, we’re just, like, less than a block away over here. Nobody said anything. And I was kind of like, 'Heck, if that thing blows up, I hope we don’t blow up over here,” he said.

The house is less than 100 yards from the garage.

“I guess if they thought there was a real threat they would have told us. I don’t know. They kind of blew it off, I guess,” he said.

Even though they found nothing, Annuschat still couldn’t figure out the game plan.

“How they actually let students go in after the initial sweep before the second one and get their vehicles out, I was kind of surprised about that,” he said.

Investigators told FOX23 officers still searched cars before they left, but having fewer inside for the dogs to sniff made the process faster.

Annuschat would like to think he and his fraternity brothers were never in any real danger.

"It really doesn’t surprise me a whole lot. I mean, seems like up here this year there’s been a lot of crazy stuff that’s been happening,” he said.

Investigators are working on tracing the phone number of the woman who called in the threat.

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Mayor Maynot - 2/13/2014 7:18 PM
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Well we know OSU is no threat to another basketball team. Only to the other teams fans. Thanks Marcus
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