UL Lafayette evacuated because of suspicious device

UL Lafayette evacuated because of suspicious device
NBC33 Staff
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POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 7:15am

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 4:02pm

UPDATE: ULL has opened on-campus residences. Wednesday classes remain canceled for the rest of evening, July 16. The University will fully reopen Thursday.

Other services open tonight:

  • Guillory Dining Hall 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Dupre Library 5-8 p.m.
  • Bourgeois Hall 4 -8 p.m.
  • night shuttle running to and from main campus.

Additionally, all roads are now open around the campus, including Johnston Street, St. Mary Boulevard, South College Road, W. Pinhook Road, University Avenue, as well as roadways associated with the Oil Center.

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UPDATE: Louisiana State Police say no explosive devices were found on the UL Lafayette campus. The first package found by investigators was made to look like an explosive device, but it was not an explosive device. State Police now indicate there was not a second device found inside the parking garage as previously indicated. 

State Police say they are continuing their investigation. No one has been arrested. If you have information that can help investigators find the people responsible for Wednesday's events, please call 1-800-CALL-FBI, or Lafayette CrimeStoppers at 337-232-TIPS.

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UPDATE: A bomb sniffing dog has found what investigators are describing as a 'possible second device' in a parking garage at the corner of Taft and St. Mary Blvd on the campus of UL Lafayette. Police have moved news crews back from their original coverage location at the UL Alumni Center. As a result, UL Lafayette is immediately evacuating all on-campus housing facilities. 

Investigators have located the first suspicious device, and we're told they are planning to detonate this device in the Girard Park area very soon. People in the area may hear a bomb-type sound when this happens. We're told several area businesses are being evacuated. 

Multiple emergency agencies are on the UL Lafayette campus at this time including UL Lafayette Police, Lafayette Police Department, Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office, Lafayette Fire Department, Lafayette HazMat, Louisiana State Police and other agencies. 

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Right now, there's a full-scale evacuation underway on the campus of UL Lafayette. Commuter students are being asked to leave in an orderly fashion. The University is working to evacuate all students in campus housing. Orientation, Upward Bound, and cheer camp students have all been moved to off-campus locations. Any students remaining in Legacy Park and Cajun Village will be evacuated as soon as possible.  

Lafayette Police Department Sergeant Kyle Soriez says LPD started investigating just after 5:30 Wednesday morning. Soriez says there is some sort of suspicious device near Girard Park. Lafayette Police are asking drivers to avoid roads surrounding UL Lafayette. This includes major roadways such as Johnston Street, St. Mary BLVD, South College Road, West Pinhook Road, University Avene, and many roads in the Oil Center. 

The area is closed to traffic. There are multiple road closures and traffic delays in the area surrounding UL Lafayette. 

Today, Freshman Orientation was scheduled to occur at UL Lafayette. Orientation for Wednesday morning has been cancelled. For further information on orientation for the remainder of the day, click here.

We will continue to track this story and bring you updates as we get them.


 

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