Specialized police units searched floor-by-floor in bio sciences building
An e-mail threat forced police to lock down the Biological Sciences Building at the University of British Columbia shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday.
A campus-wide lockdown was initially ordered by the university, but it was called off at about 3:20 p.m., leaving only the bio sciences building under lockdown.
Police dog teams, an explosives disposal unit and emergency response teams surrounded the building, which is next to the book store in the hub of the campus.
At about 3:30 p.m. officers entered the bio sciences building and began doing floor-by-floor searches and escorting students out in small groups.
Graduate student Veronica Lo was in the Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory next door when she received an e-mail from the university administration telling students not to leave the building they were in.
"I wasn’t sure what happened," Lo said.
"I didn’t feel scared because I thought, ‘Well OK, there are people who are going to take care of it.’
"No one in here is walking around scared," she added.
Mike Nguyen, 20, a second-year sciences student, was in the chemistry building across the road when he received a text message from his friend asking if he was still on campus.
"He’d got an e-mail from the university saying, ‘Don’t leave any of the buildings.’ (We) were basically locked down," said Nguyen.
"Nobody in the labs knew at all. It was really weird. I left and saw this whole scene."
By press time, the RCMP had not yet revealed what caused the lockdown .