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Murray State Closes After Threats

May 3, 2001

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) _ Authorities charged a Murray State University student with making bomb threats that closed down the university Wednesday, just days before final examinations were to begin.

Seamus Coffey, 18, of Murray, was charged with making terroristic threats and attempted extortion. He was being held on $1 million bail.

Kentucky State Police said they had found no evidence that any bombs had been placed on the campus but were still investigating.

The university of nearly 9,000 students suspended classes and closed buildings after receiving anonymous threats that bombs had been planted in every building on campus. Finals had been scheduled to begin Saturday.

The shutdown had been scheduled to continue until Monday, but the university later announced that employees would return Thursday and dormitories would reopen Sunday. Finals will begin Monday.

The university appealed to fraternities and sororities as well as churches and local residents to help house students who were forced to leave their dormitories and could not go home.

The threats also included a warning that a fire could be started on campus, the statement said.

One student died in a dormitory fire at the university in 1998, and another student was badly burned.

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