UPDATE: WVU officials say Mountainlair threat started with prank calls

According to an e-mail from West Virginia University officials, Friday night's bomb threat started with prank calls to the Burger King in the Mountainlair.


They say the last of three prank calls contained a threat. That prompted University Police to evacuate the building out of an abundance of caution. UPD K-9 explosive units conducted a sweep. The sweep came up with nothing and the building was all-clear around 10 p.m.

Here's more of the release from WVU, and a statement from WVU Police Chief Bob Roberts.

"There was no reason to believe this was a credible threat. UPD was able to track the calls and speak with the juvenile who confessed to making the prank calls. A juvenile petition has been filed for: Threat of Mass Violence and Telephone Misuse. The Threat of Mass Violence charge carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to 10 years in prison. The Misuse of Telephone equipment to harass carries a maximum fine of $500 and up to 3 years in prison."

Here’s a quote from Chief Bob Roberts:
"Parents should insure that their children are responsibly trained in the use of telephones before giving them cell phones, as the potential penalty can be severe,” University Police Chief Bob Roberts said. "These ‘pranks' create expenditures of tight financial resources as well as it creates alarm and panic for many in our communities. In today’s environment it is not funny or acceptable.”

According to the West Virginia University Police Facebook page, the Mountainlair has been reopened.

Officials performed an inspection of the building and did not find any danger.

Original Story

According to the West Virginia University Police Department, a bomb threat has been received for the Mountainlair.

Chief Bob Roberts said the threat was called in. They evacuated the building and have dogs clearing it.

You are asked to avoid the area.

This is a developing story.

Stay with 5 News for the latest.