Suspicious package forces evacuation at U of Minn.

Published 9:57 am Friday, March 11, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS  — A suspicious package that forced the evacuation of Morrill Hall at the University of Minnesota turned out to be a cell phone inside a box.

A postal worker discovered the package just before noon Thursday. WCCO-AM reports the evacuation notice was sent in a University of Minnesota emergency alert text message.

University spokeswoman Patty Mattern says an “all clear” text was sent about 30 minutes later. It ended up being a cell phone inside the package.

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Part of Church Street on the university’s East Bank campus was temporarily closed.

Morrill Hall is home to the office of the university president and other administrators.