Bomb hoax shuts down Louisiana college campus

By Michelle Kapusta,

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.

After the threat was determined to be a hoax, the campus reopened and said that classes will resume as usual on Thursday.

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.

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