NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Police in Nacogdoches have issued an all-clear after a suspicious object was discovered outside of a student apartment building.
Surveyors spotted the object Tuesday in a construction area for a planned parking lot, according to Adam Peck, Stephen F. Austin State University Interim Vice President of University Affairs.
The surveyors notified university police and the Nacogdoches Police Department, who then contacted the Tyler and Dallas divisions of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate.
The object, which was described by a spokesperson as resembling a drive-thru bank canister, was found at the Lumberjack Apartments Tuesday morning.
Neither the university not the apartments, which are fairly vacant during the summer months, were placed on lockdown, an SFA spokesperson said. However, police put up caution tape around the area, and warned people to steer clear of the area until the incident was resolved.
By 4:45 p.m., the all-clear was issued.
Peck said the object was checked extensively and no detonating fuse or explosives were found.
“From the beginning we were using an abundance of caution and I’m glad it turned out that way,” Peck said.
Peck said the university is investigating if the incident was unintentional or intended to be a bomb threat.