No danger, no charges filed, says Cornell after small explosive device safely removed from campus

April 16, 2015 by Rachel Cera

Cornell University issued a statement on Thursday afternoon to say a small explosive device had been safely removed from a campus building on Tuesday afternoon. "There was no immediate danger" as Cornell University Police Department officers and the Endicott Police Department bomb squad responded to deal with the device.

The Cornell statement says a university staff member "reportedly brought the device to Bartels Hall after discovering it at a remote location off campus."  The device was characterized as "a small, improvised explosive device." Bartels Hall is Cornell's athletic fieldhouse, on the east side of campus near Schoellkopf Field.

CUPD officers with training in identifying potential explosives arrived on the scene at about 1:30pm Tuesday, and then consulted with the Endicott Bomb Squad, a specialized unit of Endicott police and fire personnel that serves multiple communities around the Southern Tier and Central New York. Endicott personnel arrived on the scene at about 3:45pm and safely removed the device.

Cornell says "there is no indication there was malicious intent by the subject that brought the device to campus, and no charges have been filed." An investigation is continuing. Cornell officials urge community members who discover a suspicious device to call 911 immediately, and not handle it, transport it, or relocate it.

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