Explosive Devices Found on University of Central Florida Campus


0  Updated at 6:32 am, March 18th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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Comstock/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Morning classes were canceled and hundreds of students were evacuated from the University of Central Florida campus in Orlando on Monday after explosive devices were found while police were investigating a death.

The discovery at the Tower 1 residence hall happened shortly after midnight while campus police were responding to a fire alarm call.

“A call came into UCF police about a fire alarm in Tower 1.  On the way to respond to that, a 911 call came in about an armed man in the tower,” UCF spokesman Grant Heston said.

“When police arrived, they found a victim who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Tower 1 was evacuated, and Parking Garage G was closed,” the university said in a statement, later confirming the victim was a UCF student.  “As investigators reviewed the scene, they found a handgun, an assault weapon and IEDs.”

UCF has canceled classes on its main campus until noon Monday while police investigate.  Non-essential employees were also asked to stay home until then.

“We don’t believe there’s an active danger to the campus community beyond the areas in which we’ve shut down here,” Heston said.

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