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suspect bombs at MTU
Not related to Sept. 11: Official
By STEVE NEAVLING
and RYAN OLSON
The Daily Mining Gazette
November 5, 2001
HOUGHTON Two suspicious devices that might
be bombs were discovered early this morning behind two buildings
at Michigan Tech University.
Michigan Tech public safety officers reported the
discovery of the two devices at 3:35 a.m. at the U. J. Noblet Forestry
Building and the U.S. Forest Service Engineering Laboratory located
on the southwestern side of campus.
Officers were making a routine patrol when they discovered
Houghton County Emergency Measures Coordinator Jack
Dueweke described the devices as three five-gallon jugs with wires
leading to timers. One device had two jugs. The other had one.
There appears to be no connection to the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks, officials said at a news conference this morning.
Were fairly confident that this isnt
related to the Sept. 11 attacks or those terrorist organizations,
said MTU News and Information Services Director Dean Woodbeck.
The Michigan State Police bomb squad in Negaunee arrived
shortly after 8 a.m. and met with police and emergency personnel.
State police sent a remote-control robot with a video camera close
to the suspected bombs. The bomb squad remained on the scene as
of 11 a.m. this morning
Though there are no official suspects, Dueweke said
extremist environmental groups are being considered.
Were looking at that possibility,
MTU received a grant worth several millions of dollars
this spring to begin research on genetically altered aspen trees,
students said. Chemistry students said researchers hope to find
trees immune to crop dusting and beetle infestation.
Officials have closed the two buildings until further
notice. Police are maintaining a 2,000-foot security cordon around
the buildings. Dueweke said officials believe that is a safe distance.
US 41, which runs through Techs campus, remained
open this morning, but several surrounding roads were closed. Houses
along Seventh Avenue have been evacuated.
Several commuter parking lots were closed and cars
were being diverted to the nearby Student Development Complex to
Woodbeck said classes are proceeding as normal this
morning with the exception of classes at the forestry building.
He said other campus buildings have been searched and nothing has