Texas: 'Suspicious package' at university turns out to be admissions gimmick

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Texas A&M University's emergency response team destroyed a suspicious package Thursday that turned out to be more laughable than dangerous.  

The university admissions office was looking through a prospective student's materials when an employee found a package with wires and a note that read "Flip Switch." The building that houses the admissions office was evacuated and the university issued a campus-wide safety alert.

According to the police department, "When questioned, the investigator was told the item was a battery-operated light set, which was designed to draw attention to the included admissions application."

"We're glad to have a happy and uneventful ending," says university spokesman Lane Stephenson (Surette, KBTX, 12/8; Kragie/Ellis, Houston Chronicle, 12/8). 

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