Ithaca, N.Y. – A local bomb squad safely removed a “small, improvised explosive device” from a building on Cornell’s campus on Tuesday.

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A staff member brought the device to Bartells Hall after finding it off-campus. A police investigation is ongoing, but “there is no indication there was malicious intent by the subject that brought the device to campus and no charges have been filed,” a statement said.

The device was removed by the Endicott Bomb Squad. “Authorities say there was no immediate danger,” a statement said.

At approximately 3:45 p.m. the Endicott Bomb Squad arrived on scene and safely removed the device.

“The investigation into the incident is ongoing by CUPD, the Endicott Bomb Squad and the FBI. Authorities would like to emphasize that any time a suspicious device is discovered, they should not handle it, transport it or relocate it in anyway, and should call 911,” the statement said.

Here’s the statement in full from Cornell:

ITHACA, N.Y. – Authorities say there was no immediate danger as Cornell University Police (CUPD) and the Endicott Bomb Squad safely removed a small, improvised explosive device from a campus building on Tuesday, April 14.

A Cornell staff member reportedly brought the device to Bartels Hall after discovering it at a remote location off campus. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, however, at this time there is no indication there was malicious intent by the subject that brought the device to campus and no charges have been filed.

CUPD personnel with specialized training in identifying and responding to possible explosives initially responded around 1:30 p.m., exercising an abundance of caution to contain the device and secure the immediate area.

The Endicott Bomb Squad was consulted and it was determined that there was not an immediate need to notify the greater Cornell community. At approximately 3:45 p.m. the Endicott Bomb Squad arrived on scene and safely removed the device.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing by CUPD, the Endicott Bomb Squad and the FBI. Authorities would like to emphasize that any time a suspicious device is discovered, they should not handle it, transport it or relocate it in anyway, and should call 911.


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