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Pulled fire alarm evacuates Carlson Library


Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 19:10


A pulled fire alarm evacuated those in Carlson Library for almost 45 minutes Tuesday evening. 

Shortly after 6 p.m., the fire alarms in Carlson went off, causing students to leave the premises. Toledo Fire Department arrived soon after and investigated the building. 

Lt. Kevin Williamson of Station 25 of the Toledo Fire Department said someone pulled the fire alarm on the third floor near the restrooms.

By 6:40 p.m., students were allowed to enter the library. 

Lt. Tony Oberneder of the University of Toledo Police Department said someone who falsely pulls a fire alarm can potentially be charged with inducing panic. 

“Obviously it disrupts flow; people here are studying when all of a sudden this happens,” Oberneder said. 

Mark Chase, a sophomore majoring in environmental sciences who waited throughout the duration of the incident, said he was studying calculus in the library’s basement when the alarm sounded. 

“Once I saw the firefighters, I thought it was something serious,” he said. 

Chase said whoever pulled the fire alarm was “certainly being moronic.”

“A lot of us were working on serious projects for serious classes, we are here to study. We’re not here to fool around,” he said.

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