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Explosives removed, classes resume at University of Central Florida, school official says

The Tower 1 dorm at the University of Central Florida in Orlando where authorities say they found explosives and weapons inside the dorm of a student who was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday, March 18, 2013.
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(CBS/AP) ORLANDO, Fla. - Normal campus operations resumed at the University of Central Florida around noon Monday after authorities safely removed explosives from the dorm of a student who killed himself earlier in the day, school spokesman Grant Heston said.

University police were called to the dorm building in Orlando, Fla. around 12:20 a.m. after a fire alarm went off, Heston said. 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. Heston said the man was a student at the university.

Inside the room, Heston said, police also found what they described as an assault weapon, a handgun and makeshift explosive devices.

He said the Orange County Sheriff's Office and the FBI are helping with the investigation. The sheriff's bomb squad was examining the explosive devices Monday morning.

Authorities didn't immediately say what the student's intentions may have been.

About 500 students were evacuated from the dorm after the incident.  All morning classes were cancelled, but now classes have officially resumed.

A statement on the university's website said the UCF Arena would be open to accommodate displaced students. Counselors would also be available to talk to students who need assistance.

Florida law prohibits the possession of guns on state university campuses.

The UCF Orlando campus has about 51,000 students.

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