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McKeldin Library evacuated due to suspicious statement

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The University of Maryland's McKeldin Library was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after a person walked in and made a suspicious statement, officials say.

The incident began at about 2:30 p.m., when University Police Sgt. Aaron Davis says someone walked into the library, which is located in the central part of the College Park campus, and made a suspicious statement. He did not elaborate on what the person said.

In response, authorities decided to clear the library of about 200 to 300 people. A sweep of the building turned up nothing.

In a statement to the campus community, UMd. Police Major Marc Limansky said, "It was necessary to activate the local fire alarm system to alert the building occupants to evacuate; however no UMD alert was issued for this incident since there was no verified threat to the community. Had we come across a credible threat to the safety of the community, a UMD alert would have been issued..."

The building was reopened at 8 p.m.

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