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ROLLA, Mo. (AP) – Four buildings on the University of Missouri Science and Technology campus in Rolla have been evacuated after a suspicious package was found near the school’s nuclear reactor.

Campus spokesman Andrew Careaga says the package was discovered in front of a door of the reactor about 3:45 p.m. Friday. Students and employees inside the four buildings — Parker Hall, Physics, Fulton Hall and Interdisciplinary Engineering Building — were evacuated and the area sealed off.

Careaga says officials currently are waiting for bomb squads to arrive at the campus to investigate the package.

The 200-kilowatt reactor is used in the school’s engineering and science programs.

Rolla is in south-central Missouri, about 220 miles (350 kilometers) from Kansas City.