College of Charleston corrects erroneous bomb alert

The College of Charleston mistakenly sent out an email alert Tuesday stating that a bomb was found on its campus, but did confirm that local authorities were investigating a bomb threat.

USA Today reported that the South Carolina school sent out an email alert informing students and faculty that a bomb  was discovered on campus. "If you are on campus, prepare immediately for a possible evacuation. If you are not in the area, stay away," the email read.

The school discovered its error and sent out a tweet correcting the message that no bomb was located, but asked students to stay away from the school. Authorities received a call at 10:39 a.m. local time about a possible threat at the school’s Beatty Center, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis told the newspaper.

The school says buildings continue to be closed as police investigate the threat.