Authorities have ruled that the bomb threat that shut down the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Wednesday morning was a hoax.
The Times-Picayune reported that the threat was called into the university and the school issued a campus-wide evacuation at 7 a.m local time.
Police reportedly found a device in a park close to the college and were looking for other devices. However, law enforcement officials later determined that the object found in the park was actually not an explosive and they did not find any other devices.
The 1st package State Police found was not an explosive device, but it was made to look like one. They have found there is no 2nd package.
— KATC TV3 (@KATCTV3) July 16, 2014
After the threat was determined to be a hoax, the campus reopened and said that classes will resume as usual on Thursday.
The University has opened on-campus residences. Classes remain canceled for tonight, July 16. The University is fully open Thursday.
— UL Lafayette (@ULLafayette) July 16, 2014
Police are now searching for the person who called in the threats.
KATC noted that the FBI released the following statement.
“Standing shoulder to shoulder with our law enforcement partners and both federal and state prosecutors, bomb threats and hoaxes are acts of terror that are and will be investigated with the full weight of federal, state and local resources,” said Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge. “Any tips we can receive are vital to resolving this and other such cases.”
The number to contact with information is 1-800-CALL FBI.