All Clear At VMI Following Bomb Scare
A Virginia State Police robot sets off a controlled detonation on the VMI Parade Ground. -- VMI Photo by John Robertson IV.
LEXINGTON, Va., April 24, 2013 – A Virginia State Police bomb disposal unit responded to a suspicious item found in front of VMI’s library today. The object is being investigated, and has been deemed to not be an explosive device.
“The VMI community implemented its emergency procedures when the item was discovered at about 8 a.m.,” said Col. Stewart MacInnis, VMI spokesman. “The procedures work extremely well, and this incident validated our emergency planning.”
The object, which is not being described in detail, was discovered in the parking area in front of Preston Library. An alert was sent to VMI personnel at 8:18 a.m. by text messages, email, public address systems, and by the VMI website. The all clear was sounded at 11:13 a.m.
Preston Library and portions of adjacent academic buildings were evacuated. Letcher Avenue, the main street through the post, was closed from the Admissions Office to Jackson Memorial Hall during the operation. In addition to the state police, responding agencies included the VMI Police; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Lexington Police; and the Lexington Fire Department.
MacInnis said no one was injured, and that the Institute was returning to normal following the incident.