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No device found after bomb threat forces evacuation at UMass Boston

A bomb threat called into the University of Massachusetts Boston this afternoon forced the evacuation of a campus building - but no device was found, a university spokesman said.

Students and employees were alerted of the threat about 12:45 p.m. The caller said there was a bomb in Wheatley Hall, which houses classrooms, offices, and an auditorium. The area was evacuated, said DeWayne Lehman, the college spokesman.

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First responders scoured the area and the building reopened by 2:30 p.m., according to the university’s Twitter account.

This is the second time the building has been evacuated in the past two weeks because of a threat. On Thursday, university officials received a threat but uncovered no explosives, police said.

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Mike Horowitz, a senior, said he was in class when fire alarms began to sound.

“Police started aggressively telling us to leave the building,” he said.

Horowitz said he is frustrated by the disruption to class.

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“It’s annoying that this has happened twice recently,” he said. “It’s probably some kid trying to get out of a test.”

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
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