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A bomb scare at Arizona State University prompted a shutdown of a parking lot and nearby streets.

Police became concerned when someone found a suspicious package on top of a parking kiosk, and they called 9-1-1.

Officers arrived and thought there may have been an explosive inside.

"This is actually just a haptic ball, a project I'm working on by jam-packing it full of sensors," said student Moheeb Zara.

The haptic ball led to a large police presence while officers investigated his device. Moheeb Zara is an art, media, and engineering major at ASU.

Zara left a box with his project and other tools on top of a parking kiosk while he was rushing to class Wednesday morning.

After his class, he returned to the parking lot and saw the officers.

"I talked to this police officer and was like "hey did the box have a big radio shack logo on it",  he made a call on the radio and he's like "yeah you're the guy we're looking for", and I'm like ooh," said Zara.

Zara said he begged the officers not to blow up his project.

"The idea is to make a bunch of these, I have one and its precious to me because it's expensive, so I was like, please don't destroy it, because it's really hard to get the parts, you have to order them from China, and it takes 2 months to get here, I would be extremely set back," he said.

After authorities contacted his professor who verified this was an innovative school project and not an explosive device, his project went through an x-ray, and he got his glowing orb back in one piece.

"And it was a strange experience that taxpayer money was wasted on the whole ordeal it was definitely an overreaction... in light of things that happened recently I get that, but I just wish someone just asked as opposed to jumping to conclusions," said Zara.

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