Case Western Reserve University given all clear, suspicious items found inside classroom deemed safe

Posted at 4:45 PM, Jun 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 19:19:03-04

Case Western Reserve University was given the all clear after suspicious items were found inside a classroom, according to Reporter Kristin Volk who was at the scene. 

Up to 17 buildings were evacuated, Volk said, and the bomb squad was at the scene around 4:30 p.m.

The incident occurred at Ford Road and Bellflower Road near CWRU, Volk reported. 


CWRU released this alert on Thursday:

"A low-risk threat to campus has been received in the vicinity of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Authorities are determining its credibility. Expect increased police activity in the area. At this time, Bellflower Road is closed between Ford Drive and East 115th Street."

Volk said Cleveland Fire told her an employee of CWRU called campus police regarding the suspicious items.

The professor who located the suspicious device at CWRU described it to Volk:


Around 5:45 p.m., the area was opened back up and students and staff were allowed back into the buildings, Volk reported. 

The all clear was given for CWRU before 6 p.m. Thursday. Volk learned the suspicious device was deemed safe after it was determined to be a prop for a medical training exercise.

Just before 6 p.m., CWRU released this alert:

"Authorities have issued an all-clear message after confirming the device found on campus was not a threat to the campus community. It was a prop used in a medical training course.

Buildings on Bellflower Road were cleared out of an abundance of caution.

Bellflower Road remains closed temporarily until authorities leave the scene, but buildings have reopened."

Cleveland police said they responded to assist CWRY police with a possible explosive device found in an auditorium. No explosion occurred and no injuries were reported.