NAIT facilities reopen after ‘potential bomb threat’ triggers evacuation

A file photo of the NAIT HP Centre in Edmonton. CREDIT: Google Maps

Less than an hour after several facilities at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) were evacuated as emergency crews responded to a “potential bomb threat” on Tuesday, the post-secondary institution tweeted that the facilities had reopened.

“Evacuate CAT, Spartan and HP Centre by the nearest safe exit,” read an alert sent out by the college just before 4 p.m. “This is not a drill. Do not re-enter, first responders are on scene and will advise when the situation is resolved.”

NAIT tweeted that “the HP Centre at Princess Elizabeth Avenue and 106 Street has been evacuated.”

Moments before NAIT announced people were being allowed back inside, Edmonton police said officers were investigating. Police said “at this time police do not believe there is a concern for public safety.”

Police said officers responded to a report of “a suspicious phone call related to a post-secondary institution” at about 3:15 p.m.

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