Explosives safely removed from UCF dorm

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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.

Earlier story (from CNN):

(CNN) -- A body with a self-inflicted gunshot wound was found along with a bag of bombs in a dormitory room at the University of Central Florida early Monday, prompting officials to cancel classes at the main Orlando campus until at least noon, a school spokesman said.

Police made the discovery shortly after 12:20 a.m., after a fire alarm sounded at the Tower 1 dorm and someone called 911 about a person with a gun there, school spokesman Grant Heston said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien." Officers entered the dorm and found a male dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a bedroom, Heston said.

Police also found a handgun, an assault weapon and a bag of improvised explosive devices in the room, Heston said. An Orange County bomb squad is assessing the devices, and the FBI has been contacted, he said.

Heston didn't say whether the dead person was a student, or release a name.

The dorm, home to about 500 students, was evacuated.

UCF said it was providing the evacuated students counseling and food at the university's Veterans Academic Resource Center.

The parking garage closest to Tower 1 was initially closed off, but the university reopened it around 9 a.m.

UCF has more than 59,000 students at its main campus and 10 regional campuses, according to the school.

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