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Police: No evidence of bomb at Stephens College

Columbia police use a drone early Friday morning after a bomb threat.
Columbia police use a drone early Friday morning after a bomb threat.


Columbia police confirmed Friday that no evidence of a bomb was found after a threat at Stephens College.

Boone County emergency dispatchers received a bomb threat call at Stephens College just before 1 a.m. Friday.

Columbia Police Department Sgt. Ryan Brunstrom told ABC 17 News crews at the scene that a person called dispatchers and said they had explosives in a school building.

Police established a perimeter near Stephens College and called the bomb squad. Brunstrom said the bomb squad did a sweep of the building with dogs to search for explosives but nothing was located. Police confirmed there was no evidence of a bomb in a news release sent several hours later.

"At this time, there is nothing known to suggest any validity relating to this threat," CPD said in a news release.

Police were using a drone on Broadway just east of Tenth Street to get a picture of the scene, while patrol cars were spread out through the downtown area and on side streets.

Police blocked off College Avenue and part of Broadway until 3:20 a.m.

Police have not released information about the person who made the phone call.

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