10/23/2015 06:00 EDT | Updated 10/23/2015 07:59 EDT

University Of Calgary Student Charged After Allegedly Hiding Guns In School Ceiling

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CALGARY — A student is facing charges after guns were found in a ceiling at the University of Calgary.

Police say electrical contractors working at the university on Aug. 27 found a box containing two unloaded .45 calibre semi-automatic pistols in a false ceiling in the Earth Sciences building.

Campus security and Calgary police were notified.

Police say a person of interest was identified early in the investigation.

The person of interest and others were monitored and it was determined that the risk to students and staff was minimal.

``The university did not receive any threats related to these weapons and at no point was the safety of students, faculty or staff jeopardized,'' Rick Gysen of the university's campus security said in a statement.

A 25-year-old man from Calgary is facing charges of unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a weapon obtained by crime, and one count of possessing a firearm knowing serial number altered, defaced or removed.

His name will be released once he has seen a justice of the peace.

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