Suspicious package at LSU leads to building evacuation Suspicious package at LSU leads to building evacuation Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- A Baton Rouge Police Department Explosives Unit technician and robot investigate two suspicious packages on LSU's Campus near Thomas Boyd Hall on Monday in Baton Rouge. The packages prompted police to evacuate Thomas Boyd, which houses the University's Registrar's Office, and send out a campuswide text alert at about 3:15 p.m. Capt. Cory Lalonde, an LSU police spokesman, said Bomb Squad technicians performed a controlled detonation of the packages at about 5:45 p.m. “They were unsure if it was an actual device, so they decided to take this route for the safety of those in the general area,” said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman. After the detonation, investigators learned coffee was inside the packages, Coppola said. Advocate staff report April 08, 2014 Comments Two suspicious packages found outside Thomas Boyd Hall on LSU’s campus Monday afternoon prompted officials to evacuate the building, send a campuswide text alert and close off the area. After a controlled detonation by the Baton Rouge Police Department’s Bomb Squad at about 5:45 p.m., investigators learned coffee was inside the packages, Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman, said. Capt. Cory Lalonde, an LSU police spokesman, said an investigation into the incident is continuing. Police evacuated Thomas Boyd Hall, which houses the University Registrar’s Office, and sent the text alert shortly after 3:15 p.m. Lalonde said the decision to evacuate the building was a safety precaution.