Simon's Rock

Great Barrington Police investigated an early morning bomb threat Thursday at Bard College at Simon's Rock. A campus lockdown was lifted by early afternoon after a police sweep determined there was no danger.

GREAT BARRINGTON — A lockdown was lifted Thursday at Bard College at Simon's Rock following an early morning bomb threat.

After scouring the campus for explosives, police confirmed there was no danger, police said.

Great Barrington Police and Massachusetts State Police Detectives attached to the Berkshire County District Attorney's Office are investigating the threat, which was sent to the school by email sometime after 7:15 a.m., Great Barrington Police Chief Paul Storti told The Eagle.

He said multiple police and fire units made a sweeping and extensive search of the campus.

The incident alarmed the community after a Facebook post about a "rumor" of the threat. One parent said her child had received a message from a resident adviser asking them to remain in their rooms and not go to breakfast or classes.

"A bomb squad is coming to campus to make sure we are safe," the adviser said earlier Thursday.

Another commenter said that entrances to the campus off Alford Road had been blocked off.

The Great Barrington Fire Department, as well as officers from Egremont and Sheffield and the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Unit assisted at the scene.

This story will be updated. 

Heather Bellow can be reached at or 413-329-6871. On Twitter @BE_hbellow.