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November 1, 2012

UPDATE: Georgia College residence halls now open

Classes and campus operations are expected to resume as normal on Friday.

MILLEDGEVILLE — Law enforcement and campus security are securing the Georgia College campus following a bomb threat evacuation earlier today.

Early this afternoon, sirens went off at Georgia College warning students of a bomb threat. The emergency situation called for all campus buildings to be evacuated.

Milledgeville Interim Police Chief Dray Swicord said the call came from an anonymous number. The threat was vague and offered no specific target location, according to Swicord.

The college was shut down for the rest of the day. All students were encouraged to leave the area. Those who don't live on campus and any without transportation were sent to First Baptist Church. 

Following the campus evacuation, GC Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications John Hachtel said officials were very satisfied with the campus alert system's effectiveness. 

"In a matter of minutes, the entire campus proceeded to evacuate quickly and smoothly," he said. 

"Students were sent to First Baptist Church about half an hour ago. There were 1,000 people there," said Dr. Bruce Harshbarger, GC vice president and dean of students, outside First Baptist Church.

Manager of Media Relations Brittany Barber said all residence halls are now open with dining services to follow at 5 p.m. 

Classes and campus operations are expected to resume as normal on Friday. 

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