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2 suspicious packages found as University of Louisiana evacuates after bomb threat

NEW ORLEANS - The University of Louisiana at Lafayette canceled classes and ordered a campus-wide evacuation on Wednesday after a bomb threat was called into a local TV station and police found two suspicious packages, officials said.

All students were ordered to leave the sprawling, 1,500-acre campus about 120 miles west of New Orleans, and events were canceled for the day, university spokesman Aaron Martin said.

Initially, students living on campus had been told to stay in their residence halls.

The threat, called in to KATC TV-3 at about 5:30 a.m., warned of a bomb in a park near the school and an unspecified number of other explosive devices on campus, said Louisiana State Police spokesman Master Trooper Brooks David.

Police responding to the threat found a suspicious device in Girard Park, adjacent to the school, and a bomb disposal crew was working to neutralize it, David said.

Police were also investigating a second suspicious package, found on campus, just north of the park.

About 5,500 of the school's 17,000 students are enrolled in summer classes, with another several hundred incoming freshman and other visitors staying on campus, Martin said.

Police using bomb-sniffing dogs were sweeping the campus, he said, adding that the school expected to resume classes on Thursday.