US campus shut down after 2 devices found

2014-07-16 18:46
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New Orleans - Bomb technicians are working to neutralise a suspicious device near one of Louisiana's largest universities while authorities investigate a second suspicious package found in a nearby parking garage.

Louisiana state police said in a Facebook post that residents near University of Louisiana at Lafayette may hear a controlled explosion.

State Trooper Brooks David says the bomb squad was neutralising the first device, which was found in a trash can. Authorities say they are carefully examining the second device.

Classes and other activities were cancelled for the day.

Lafayette police spokesperson Kyle Soriez says someone called about 05:35 to say a bomb had been placed at Girard Park, which sits next to the sprawling, 600-hectare university campus.

University spokesperson Kathleen Thames says about 5 500 students are enrolled in summer school and 400 freshmen were coming for orientation.

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