Explosives safely removed from UCF dorm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Explosive devices found in a dorm at the University of Central Florida have been safely removed from the building and classes have resumed.
University spokesman Grant Heston says normal operations resumed at the campus around noon after the makeshift devices were taken away, but the dorm was still closed.
The explosives were found by authorities investigating the apparent suicide of a UCF student shortly after midnight. Hundreds of students were evacuated from the dorm.
Heston says police were called after a fire alarm went off. While they were on their way to the scene, a 911 call came in about a man with a gun.
Arriving officers found a man dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a residence at the Tower 1 dorm.
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Hundreds of students have been evacuated from a dorm on the University of Central Florida campus in Orlando after explosives devices were found while authorities were investigating a death.
Police were called to Tower 1 early Monday after a fire alarm went off. Arriving officers found a man dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police told local TV stations they found an assault weapon and improvised explosive devices on the scene.
About 500 students were evacuated from the dorm and a parking garage was closed.
The university has cancelled classes through noon Monday as a precaution.
A statement on the university's website said the UCF Arena will open Monday morning to accommodate displaced students.
It was not immediately known whether the dead man is a student.