File this one under “Today in really, really scary…”
Police arrested three George Mason University students who were discovered to be in possession of drug paraphernalia along with various components used to make homemade bombs, in what appears to be an active attempt at manufacturing the explosive devices in their very own dorm room.
Reportedly, officers were summoned to Room 105 of Jefferson Hall around 8:45 p.m. last Wednesday amid reports of flames shooting out the window of the dormitory. Don’t even have to go to college to know that’s not safe.
When officers arrived, “they found a leafy green substance,” according to court documents, and upon obtaining a search warrant and returning later, Fairfax County officials “discovered a tool box containing match books, shaved match heads, a mortar and pedestal, lighter fluid, hand sanitizer candles and a PVC pipe.”
The local bomb squad confirmed these materials had all the hallmarks of homemade fire bombs, and yeah, that’s a very disturbing thing to hear. Especially on a college campus devoted to promoting education and refined young minds.
As you can imagine, fellow George Mason students were stunned to learn about the arrests on their campus.
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Fox 5 DC reports:
Students, some of whom live in Jefferson Hall say they disturbed by this, but are relieved the materials were discovered before someone got hurt.
“It’s surprising to me that no one else on the floor knew about it, and if they did, they didn’t say anything about it,” said student Sydney Cono. “Explosive are very, very harmful, but at least the police caught it before something bad could have potentially happened.”
According to a statement by interim George Mason University Police Chief Thomas Longo, two people were arrested on drug and alcohol-related charges while the other suspect was charged with possession of bomb making materials.
[via Fox 5 DC]