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Update: 3:15 p.m.

School officials said in a release that "the situation is now cleared and been declared as safe."

"The reported suspicious package was a science project that belonged to a NOVA student who placed the project inside a student newspaper vending machine and left the immediate area," a statement read.

The package has been determined not a threat, and the incident is still under investigation headed by NVCC Police.

Approximately 700 students were enrolled for summer courses at the Loudoun campus.

Original report: 12:44 p.m.

An evacuation of the Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun campus was issued shortly before noon on Wednesday.

The NOVA alert was issued after reports of a suspicious package, confirmed by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

The notification encourages those to evacuate all buildings, head to Potomac View Road or Logan Way -- not Route 7/Harry Byrd Highway -- and to follow instructions of authorities.

The operation is a joint effort between NVCC Police, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Department.

As of 12:37 p.m., all activities and classes at the Loudoun campus were canceled.

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This is a Times-Mirror news alert. Check back to LoudounTimes.com for more information as it becomes available.

(1) comment

Chris McHale

700 students are enrolled for the summer courses. All 45 that actually show up to class were evacuated.

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