MSU investigation of suspicious device threat continues, areas cleared

Contact: Sid Salter

An MSU Police officer and specially trained K-9.
MSU Police Sgt. Nick Coe and specially trained K-9 Bessi sweep areas impacted by the recent threat. No suspicious devices were found. (Photo by Allison Matthews)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University is investigating an anonymous suspicious device threat Friday night [Aug. 25]. There were no injuries reported. Out of an abundance of caution, MSU swept impacted areas, observed all safety precautions, and updated students.

The threat was communicated to MSU Police at 6:24 p.m. by text message.

Acting on that threat, Maroon Alert emergency notifications were sent to the MSU community to evacuate Hathorn, Hull, Nunnelee and Sessums halls. These buildings were inspected and cleared by MSU Police and specially trained K-9s.

MSU Police secured the area and swept buildings searching for the alleged device, with the assistance of the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office. No suspicious device was found.

The university will provide updates as they become available via official university outlets, including, and official social media channels.

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Friday, August 25, 2023 - 8:11 pm