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Suspicious Briefcase That Caused Building Evacuations at UTPB Belonged to Professor

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NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Things are back to normal at UTPB after a suspicious briefcase was found on campus.

The briefcase it was spotted on the second floor of the Mesa Building on Wednesday.

Investigators say the briefcase belongs to a professor who accidentally left it in a breezeway after giving some handouts out.

Lieutenant Bob Hammerman with UTPB Police says they still treated the situation like it was the real deal.

"Given today's society, and things that are going on in the country, the prudent thing would be to follow Homeland Security and FBI protocols when it comes to possible threats," Hammerman said.

The Mesa Building and surrounding buildings were evacuated by using the university's Falcon Alert system.

All were back open on Thursday.

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