Authorities continue to investigate suspicious device

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It was quite a different day Thursday for those on UL-Lafayette’s campus, following a bomb threat Wednesday morning, which forced a mandatory evacuation.

Luckily it was all a hoax, but there are still a lot of questions about the device law enforcement discovered. It was the swift action by several agencies which quickly ended the ordeal.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into who is responsible for the hoax, which seemed all too real.

“Even though it was a hoax device, it was a very realistic hoax device and even the bomb technicians, when they approached the device, it obviously looked like a real device and they treated it as such,” said FBI Assistant Special Agent, Charles P. Spencer.

Spencer could not release details about where in Girard Park the fake bomb was found or its appearance. Initially, there were reports two potential bombs were found, but Spencer says there was only one.

“As the alert went out that there was a potential device, someone in a building on the university identified an old piece of essentially home machinery that looked like it could be something,” said Spencer.

Bomb technicians were able to detonate the device that was found. Federal charges will be filed against whoever is found responsible. “We will aggressively pursue this,” said Spencer. “We will work to identify who is responsible for this act of terror and they will be prosecuted.”

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