(Original story May 2, 2007 – 11 p.m., updated May 3, 11 a.m.)
(May 3, 2007) —The Kremen Education Building at California State University, Fresno is open and classes are being conducted following the evacuation and closure of the building for three hours Wednesday night as University Police and Fresno Police investigated an unattended briefcase.
The Fresno Police Department bomb investigation unit examined the briefcase, which was left in the lower level of the building, and determined it contained only paperwork. The briefcase will be returned to its owner.
A caller to the University Police Department reported sighting the case at 7:24 p.m. When officers were unsuccessful in locating an owner of the briefcase, it was treated as a suspicious circumstance, said University Police spokesperson Amy Armstrong.
The University Police evacuated approximately 400 people from the building and summoned the Fresno Police bomb squad. The building was given clearance for normal operations by 11:30 p.m.
“We have asked the campus community to report suspicious activity, and they did,” Armstrong said. “We take such calls seriously and exercise caution in ensuring safety for our students and employees.”
Information about the building’s status was made available for students on the university’s emergency information hotline, 559.278.4000, and at www.FresnoStateNews.com.