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Authorities: Report of gunman at MIT was a hoax

It had been reported that a gunman was on the campus, which was then put into lockdown.

Pedestrians on the MIT Campus in Cambridge, Mass., duck underneath police tape
Pedestrians on the MIT Campus in Cambridge, Mass., duck underneath police tape
Image: AP Photo/Josh Reynolds

AUTHORITIES IN MASSACHUSETTS say a report of a gunman on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus was a hoax and that there is no threat to public safety.

Cambridge police said today that officers searched for a man reported to be carrying a long rifle and wearing body armour and found nothing.

A spokeswoman says the university also called off a campus-wide lockdown.

State police spokesman David Procopio says the report of a gunman turned out to be a hoax.

About 11,000 people attend the prestigious school outside Boston.

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