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'Suspicious package' at UW-Superior campus was spoiled meat

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A suspicious package found on the campus of UW-Superior Wednesday afternoon turned out to be spoiled meat, not a bomb.

Police say a grounds crew member found a small box wrapped in newspaper in the parking lot of Ross-Hawkes Hall, shortly after noon, the Northland News Center reports.

Students were evacuated from the dorm and from Superior High School about a block away. Several streets in the area were also blocked off, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

The bomb squad from Wausau, Wisconsin, 230 miles away, is the closest one to Superior, and it took several hours for it to arrive and examine the package.

The squad arrived about 6:30 p.m. and determined it was not an explosive device, according to the News Tribune. The road closures and evacuations were lifted at 8:15 p.m., the newspaper reported.

Campus officials reviewed surveillance video of the area and identified the student who set down the package, Superior police said. The student told authorities he left the package there because the meat had been left in a car for a few days and had begun to spoil, the News Tribune said.

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