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Harvard buildings evacuated after report of explosives

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CANBRIDGE, Mass. (NBC News) -- Harvard University ordered four buildings evacuated during final exams and police swept the campus Monday after what the school said were unconfirmed reports of explosives.

Harvard police said that they had an unconfirmed report of explosives in four buildings — the Science Center, Thayer Hall, Sever Hall and Emerson Hall. Thayer Hall is a dormitory, the other three academic buildings. They are clustered together near Harvard Yard, at the center of campus.

Police were investigating two suspicious packages and cleared at least one of them, according to WHDH, the NBC affiliate in Boston. There were no reports of explosions.

"It is a serious matter. We've seen in the past year with the Boston bombings that things like this are not supposed to be taken lightly," David Bicknell, a Harvard junior, told MSNBC. "It's just a sense of unease."

Some students were moved into Annenberg Hall, a dining hall. Others spilled onto nearby streets on a frigid morning. The school closed Harvard Yard to people with Harvard identification.

Final exams were scheduled in two of the four buildings Monday, according to a school calendar. The dean canceled some exams for Monday, WHDH reported. Finals began last week at Harvard, and winter break starts Saturday.

A White House official said that President Barack Obama had been briefed on the situation.

Harvard police and Cambridge, Mass., police were on the scene, the school said.

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