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Miami Dade College Kendall campus to reopen Wednesday after bomb threat

Jonathon Comeau leans against a lamp pole on Southwest 104th Avenue across from Miami Dade College’s Kendall campus waiting for clearance to return to the school as police investigate a bomb threat, Sept. 27, 2016.
Jonathon Comeau leans against a lamp pole on Southwest 104th Avenue across from Miami Dade College’s Kendall campus waiting for clearance to return to the school as police investigate a bomb threat, Sept. 27, 2016. ctrainor@miamiherald.com

Miami Dade College’s Kendall campus will reopen Wednesday morning after a bomb scare the night before.

The school was forced to evacuate and cancel all classes Tuesday evening while police combed the sprawling campus for explosives and other threats.

“For precautionary reasons we are evacuating all buildings,” said Jennifer Capote, Miami-Dade police spokeswoman.

An alert with the subject “BOMB THREAT” also went out to all students and faculty telling everyone to evacuate at around 6:30 p.m.

“MDC ALERT! MDC has received a bomb threat on MDCs Kendall Campus,” it said. “Evacuate all buildings. Follow instructions.”

The students listened.

Dozens of students were seen walking away from the campus, gathering in nearby parking lots and businesses.

Jonathon Comeau, a sophomore studying chemistry, was in the cafeteria waiting for class to start when he heard the news from a fellow classmate.

“I was not too concerned,” said Comeau, who went to the Shell gas station, where a lot people gathered. “If I panic than everyone else will too, and that’s no good.”

Traffic in the area was at a standstill as police blocked off all the entrances and surrounded the sprawling campus.

Juan Mendieta, director of communications for the school, said, “In today’s day and age, you have to take these threats seriously.”

At any given time, there could be about 2,000 students on campus, Mendieta said.

The announcement to cancel classes for the rest of the evening came at about 8 p.m.

“In an abundance of caution, we are canceling classes at MDC's Kendall Campus this evening due to the bomb threat so that authorities can sweep the campus,” Mendieta said. “Classes will resume in the morning.”

Capote said K-9 officers were at the college, 11011 SW 104th St., searching for any evidence of a bomb. An initial search came up empty, but Capote said the search would continue until the entire campus was cleared.

“You are talking about a big campus,” she said. By 11:30 p.m., a spokeswoman for the college said police had searched the entire campus and nothing was found. She said regular class schedules will resume Wednesday morning.

The threat comes only two days after Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine campaigned at the school.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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