U.S. Energy Department lab in Oregon evacuated after bomb threat

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Posted: Oct 13, 2015 3:14 PM

(Reuters) - A U.S. Energy Department research laboratory in Oregon was evacuated on Tuesday because of a bomb threat, a spokeswoman said.

Employees from the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Albany, about 70 miles south of Portland, were ordered to leave the campus after the threat was received at about 8 a.m. local time, said lab spokeswoman Shelley Martin. Little other information was immediately available.

Martin could not say whether any bomb had been found on the 10-acre campus, which among other things conducts fossil fuel research, or how the threat was received.

The Albany Lab employs roughly 46 federal and 80 contractor employees. The exact number who were on site at the time of the threat was not known, Martin said.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Bill Trott)