Two suspicious packages found on the UW-La Crosse campus earlier this afternoon were identified as abandoned luggage. The contents of the luggage were deemed harmless. While the incident remains under investigation, there is no threat to campus. Fox 25/48’s Erin O’Brien explains how campus police responded to the situation.
Around 2 pm today Angell, Drake, Wentz, and Hutch Halls near 15th and Pine streets were evacuated after a report of an unattended suitcase under an outdoor gazebo.
“The situation being what it is, it drew some attention and therefore the police decided to take action.” The Eagle Recreation Center, Child Care Center, and the Whitney Dining center were also evacuated as the UW-La Crosse police worked with the city police and fire departments to clear the scene. They later called in the Dane County bomb squad to send in a robot to investigate the suitcases.
“It’s an inconvenience for our students but of course safety comes first and we want to make sure everything’s okay.”
“I’m just kind of shocked to see this on our campus. i guess it’s pretty good they evacuated multiple buildings and they sent out a campus alert email.”
“When they evacuated half the building i had to leave then.”
All university classes and activities in other buildings still took place tonight, and those students that were evacuated from their dorms were allowed to take shelter in Mitchell Hall.
UPDATE: The packages were identified as suitcases. After first scanning for threats, they were found to be empty.