A bomb threat that caused a lockdown at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) Wednesday morning is now being called a hoax, The Daily Advertiser reported
The threat was reportedly called in to KATC-TV in Lafayette by an unknown male who was incoherent and using profanity. The call was taken by a morning producer at about 5:30 a.m. who immediately called police.
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"He called the main newsroom line and told our producer he had placed multiple devices around the park and UL," said KATC General Manager Andrew Shenkan told the Advertiser. "He was using expletives and made other defamatory statements. So our producer immediately reached out to law enforcement."
According to information KATC-TV posted on their website Wednesday, the caller indicated there was more than one explosive
on the UL 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,” KATC reported
About 5,500 students are attending summer school classes on the ULL campus. They were told to stay in their dorm rooms until notified. Another 400 incoming freshmen were attending orientation events Wednesday. About a third of those students were staying on campus and had to be bused to an off-campus location at 7 a.m., the Advertiser said.
"They didn't tell us much, just that it was a bomb threat," Nicholas Zerangue, an incoming freshman, told the paper. "Everyone was fine, calm, maybe a little annoyed. No one takes bomb threats seriously."
After a sweep of the campus by officers and bomb-sniffing dogs, the bomb threat was declared a hoax. At least one object that was made to look like a bomb was found, authorities said.
"It was a hoax device," Master Trooper Brooks David told the Advertiser, adding that a second device thought to be an explosive ended up not being suspicious.
While on-campus residence halls were opened, classes still remained canceled for the rest of Wednesday.
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