Suspicious package in Chapman determined 'not a threat'

Ivar Vong

Chapman Hall reopened at 10 a.m. after police officials determined that a suspicious package found in the building was not a threat.

The Eugene Metro Bomb Squad left the area at 9:30 a.m., and soon after, the street was opened back up to normal traffic.

The University sent an all clear e-mail to students and staff at 9:59 a.m. The University’s emergency text message system was not used because this was not a confirmed threat as determined by DPS and EPD, University spokesperson Julie Brown said.

“The Emergency Alert System is used for specific instances used for when safety is a concern,” Brown said. “It was determined to evacuate the building and establish a perimeter and communicate with all students, faculty and staff via email and notification on the emergency notification website.”

DPS had closed 13th Avenue to foot and bicycle traffic from Kincaid to University Streets while investigating the package. DPS officers were stationed around the perimeter, which was closed off by caution tape. An e-mail went out to students at 8:15 a.m. to alerting them about the situation.

Brown confirmed that the Department of Public Safety and Eugene Police Department set up a perimeter around the building soon after receiving a call at about 8 a.m.

University spokesperson Phil Weiler said they were working with the Registrar’s office to determine if any classes in Chapman would be affected and to see where space was available to relocate them. He also said that DPS and EPD had been working together on the scene.

“Eugene Police Department have experts in explosives disposal, so those are the individuals who are inside the building now evaluating the situation,” Weiler said.

Brown said it was not known who alerted DPS about the package or what the nature of the package was. Details will be released later.


Scott Zoltan and Kaitlin Flanigan contributed to this article. Check for more updates.

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