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University shuts down after device found nearby

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette were told to stay in their on-campus apartments and commuters were sent home Wednesday after police found a suspicious device in a park next to the campus.

Lafayette police spokesman Kyle Soriez told The Associated Press the device was found at the 33-acre Girard Park.

Soriez says nearby areas have been evacuated. He had no further information about the device.

In a tweet posted at about 7 a.m., the university told staff and students to stay away or remain in on-campus apartments. The university has about 16,000 students.

Spokesman Chris Welty says the university also activated its emergency notification system to reach staff and students on personal communication devices.

State police say they are sending a hazardous materials team to the park.

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