The Loudoun campus of the Northern Virginia Community College has been closed for the rest of the day following the discovery of a suspicious package in the Waddell Building.
According to a statement from the college, the NOVA Police Department received a call at 11:12am on Wednesday reporting the package, which was later determined to be a student’s science project that was placed inside a student newspaper vending machine.
After investigation by campus police, the Sheriff’s Office and Loudon County Fire-Rescue, “the package was determined to not be threatening,” according to Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Kraig Troxell.
In response to the discovery of the package, emergency notifications were sent via computer screen pop ups, emails and texts to all students and faculty at 11:24 a.m., 11:58 a.m., 12:35 p.m. and 12:44 p.m. The college also evacuated the building at first, then the entire campus—about 700 students.
“The situation is now cleared and been declared as safe—the package is not a threat,” a statement from NOVA reads.
The incident is still under investigation and is being headed by the NOVA Police Department.
All classes and activities have been cancelled for the remainder of the day. Residents and students are advised to avoid the area.