UPDATE: MUPD arrests student following bomb scare

8 months 1 day 17 hours ago Wednesday, December 13 2017 Dec 13, 2017 Wednesday, December 13, 2017 3:53:00 PM CST December 13, 2017 in News
By: Joshua Kranzberg, KOMU 8 Executive Producer and Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - UPDATE: MU police arrested a student Wednesday following the bomb scare near the Hearnes Center.

Police got a call around 3:20 p.m. from someone worried about comments another person made to her on a bus about it exploding. Officers evacuated the bus at the stop south of the Hearnes Center, and MU Alert sent notifications to students and employees asking them to avoid the area.

A K-9 unit searched the area and didn't find any explosives or dangerous materials.

Police said after the first MU Alert message went out, a student called and said the incident may have been related to comments he made, and it was all a misunderstanding. Officers arrested the student, Dante' Hopkins, for peace disturbance, a misdemeanor. He was later released on a summons.

Original Story:

COLUMBIA - Authorities have given the all clear after investigating a possible explosive device around the Hearnes Center shuttle bus stop.

MU Alert previously sent out notifications, saying there was a bomb threat near the bus stop, and authorities evacuated the area.

KOMU 8 News has a crew at the scene, and will have updates when they become available.

Be sure to follow KOMU on Twitter @KOMUnews.

[This story was updated with the latest information at 4:18 p.m.]

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