CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 16, 2013) (NBC) - Harvard University on Monday (December 16) evacuated four buildings at the heart of its centuries-old campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, after warning students of unconfirmed reports that explosives had been planted.
"Out of an abundance of caution, the buildings have been evacuated while the report is investigated," Harvard said on its web site.
Harvard and Cambridge Police officials did not immediately return calls seeking further details.
The school, founded in 1636, has about 21,000 students.
It was the latest in a series of security scares at U.S. schools and universities. Three days ago aColorado high school student intent on confronting a teacher opened fire at his school, severely wounding a classmate before killing himself.
Late last month Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, placed its campus on lockdown for most of a day, after an anonymous caller warned officials that his roommate was headed to the school planning to shoot people. No gunman was found.