Fire Marshal: HCC bomb scare was actually drug message

Daytime classes at the Donahue Building have been cancelled

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – What was first believed to be a threat about a bomb on the campus of Holyoke Community College, turned out to be code for a drug sale.

The college’s Donahue Building, which houses the library, was evacuated at 9:40 A.M. as police conducted an investigation following a posting on the social networking site Yik Yak. According to the office of State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan, investigators were able to quickly determine it wasn’t a bomb threat at all, but rather a cryptic message about a drug sale.

Coan’s office says that police were able to quickly identify and arrest the person behind the message. The suspect, who is a juvenile, is being charged with distribution of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, and violation of a drug-free school zone.

During the investigation, the decision was made to cancel all daytime classes at the Donahue building, but nighttime classes are on as scheduled. The rest of the campus was not evacuated, and classes continued there as normal.

People were allowed to return to the Donahue Building at about 11:00 A.M.

The incident at Holyoke Community College was the second incident involving a purported threat made on Yik Yak on Thursday alone. Police maintained a larger than normal presence at Ludlow High School during the day, due to concern over a message posted on the site. One person was arrested in that case.

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