NEW ORLEANS – Students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette were told to stay in their on-campus apartments and commuters were sent home Wednesday morning after police found a suspicious device in a park next to the campus.
Lafayette police spokesman Kyle Soriez says police received a phoned-in threat shortly after 5:35 a.m. that a bomb had been placed at Girard Park, which sits next to the sprawling, 1,500-acre university campus.
Soriez said police and firefighters located what they believed was a suspicious device in a trash can. He said authorities had not yet attempted to remove it. Soriez didn't have a description of the device. State police said they were sending a hazardous materials team.
The university is one of Louisiana's largest with an enrollment of nearly 18,000 students.