Lafayette

Jul 16, 2014 12:03 PM by Letitia Walker

Update: All UL classes cancelled for today

UL classes have officially been canceled for the rest of today and this evening. Classes are set to resume tomorrow.UL officials evacuated students after a bomb threat was called into KATC just after 5:30 this morning.  

Our morning show producer said the unidentified male called into the newsroom, using expletives to relay the message about two devices on UL's campus. He said one device was at Girard Park in a white trash can; the other device "would have to be found". Police were immediately contacted, and the phone records are being reviewed.

Police found a suspicious device in Girard Park and were checking on another item found in a campus parking garage.

State Trooper Brooks David says the bomb squad was neutralizing the first device, which was found in a trash can. He didn't have a description of it. He called the item in the parking garage "a possible second device."

University of Louisiana at Lafayette spokeswoman Kathleen Thames says morning summer school and freshman orientation sessions were canceled. About 5,500 students are enrolled in summer school and 400 freshmen were coming for orientation.

Lafayette Police are asking motorists to avoid the area around the UL campus and related locations. This area includes major roadways such as Johnston Street, St. Mary Boulevard, South College Road, West Pinhook Road, University Avenue, as well as roadways associated with the Oil Center.

Students attending Orientation have been moved to off-site banquet hall and are being fed on site.

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