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Bomb threat causes evacuation of Texas A&M University, traffic jam

A photo of the Texas A&M evacuation during a bomb threat on Oct. 19, 2012. (Photo from M'Lissa Kiel via Twitter) A photo of the Texas A&M evacuation during a bomb threat on Oct. 19, 2012. (Photo from M'Lissa Kiel via Twitter)

Courtesy ABC affiliate KRHD

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Texas A&M University officials said they have received an email at 11 a.m. Friday about a campus-wide bomb threat. The university started evacuating all students, faculty and staff at 11:30 a.m.

The evacuation order was posted on the university's website  as a "Code Maroon'' warning. It directs those on campus to evacuate by foot immediately and to not use a vehicle. People on campus were directed to evacuate towards Northgate and Consolidated Middle School depending on their position on campus.

Texas A&M has said that about 50,000 students, faculty and staff have left campus, and were instructed by the university to take their time, don't return to campus, and let their family know they are okay.

The school says all classes were cancelled and the evacuation will remain in effect until further notice.

3:29 p.m. UPDATE: Authorities are still searching the buildings on campus, with the dorms being a high priority. The Texas A&M University Methodist Church on Northgate is being used as a safe house for students who have no place to go.

4:11 p.m. UPDATE: Texas A&M has reopened its campus. Un-cleared buildings are still closed. The university says they are confident that event venues are safe.

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