Jul 16, 2014 11:49 PM by Alex Labat
At 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, KATC Morning Producer Ian Auzenne gets a profanity-laced phone call from a man, claiming there are two bombs on UL's campus.
"I thought to myself, 'Okay, what now? Is this a prank?'. Then after taking a deep breath made the call to city police", says Auzenne.
At 7:03 a.m., UL orders a campus wide evacuation, affecting close to 6,000 students. Around 8:50 a.m., Lafayette Police find a "suspicious device" in a trash can at Girard Park. Officers say it was made to look like an explosive, but it was not. Housing near the park was evacuated.
"Policemen come knock on my door this morning, saying they were evacuating people from the apartments and from all the buildings and stuff", says evacuee Brian Robinson.
By 11 a.m., the investigation moves from Girard Park to the parking garage at the corner of Taft and St. Mary Streets, and authorities went looking for a possible second device.
"We all know that a job has to get done and there's no one agency that's better than the other. The shape of our badge means nothing at a time like this. We all work together as one", says Master Trooper Brooks David.
That second device turns out to be non-existent and by 3:17 p.m., the evacuation is lifted.