11-01-08 BPD Bomb Squad says No Threat from Suspicious Item at BSU
Boise, Nov. 1, 2008 - The Boise Police Bomb Squad was called to BSU this morning after a student noticed something that looked suspicious near a bike rack. The call resulted in about 300 people, mostly students in the Towers Residence Hall being evacuated until police could be sure the area was safe.
After investigating, BPD bomb technicians and detectives say it appears the item was never a viable explosive device, although it was made to look like one. Officers say the item may have been part of a halloween costume.
What Happened: About 10:00 this morning, a BSU student alerted Campus Security, who called Boise Police about a suspicious looking item lying near a bike rack outside the Towers Residence Hall. The Boise Police Bomb Squad was called in to take a closer look at the item.
As a safety precaution, a door to door evacuation was made of the Towers dorm and the nearby Morrison Center.
Boise Police bomb technicians were able to take a closer look at the item. After investigating, they found the item was not any kind of viable explosive device, but had been made to look like one. There was never any bomb threat made to the campus prior to the discovery of the item. Investigators say the item looks as though it could have been part of a halloween costume.
As another precaution, BSU campus security and Boise Police made a campus-wide sweep checking for anything else that may be connected to this incident, but nothing else was found.
Because this occurred on a Saturday morning, campus officials say disruption to the campus community was minimal.
"We encourage our students to be alert and to report anything they feel may be suspicious," said Frank Zang, Director of Communications for Boise State University. "Campus safety is a top priority, and kudos to this alert student who noticed this item and called it in."
The item was taken by Boise Police detectives for further investigation. Students, faculty and staff were allowed to return to the Towers and the Morrison Center about 12:30 this afternoon.