By Mark Gerlach
Both SUNY Orange campuses, Newburgh and Middletown, were closed Nov. 10 after a bomb threat. Local authorities later gave the college an “all clear” message, and deemed the area safe.
“Unfortunately, threats of this nature have become all too common occurrences on college campuses and at many other venues across the country,” Kristine Young, SUNY Orange president, said. “Today, SUNY Orange was the victim of a bomb threat. Thankfully, the members of our College community were never in danger and all are safe.”
The college received a bomb threat for Harriman Hall and the Bio-Tech Building on the college’s Middletown campus at about noon on Nov. 10. The buildings were immediately evacuated, as were adjoining buildings and Morrison Hall.
As a precaution the college was closed and classes were canceled. The Newburgh campus was closed as a safety precaution and to avoid confusion, SUNY Orange Communications Officer Mike Albright said. Middletown police dispatched seven K-9s, bomb sniffing dogs, to search rooms on every floor of Harriman Hall, as well as the Rowley Center, Bio-Tech Building and Hudson Hall. No explosive devices were discovered. The investigation into the source of the threat is ongoing, according to Albright.
The college returned to normal operations on both of its campuses on Nov. 11.