Ithaca Voice/Ryan Landvater

Ithaca, N.Y. — Cornell police said Thursday that the “suspicious device” removed by a bomb squad this week consisted of “cardboard, wires, a battery and a motor glued together” and was not an explosive.

On Tuesday, the Endicott Bomb Squad removed the device and classes were canceled over the incident. There was also a large emergency response to the area.

Today, Cornell police said in a statement that the device was not an explosive.

“It remains unclear as to who placed the device and why,” a news release said. “The investigation into the incident is ongoing.”

Ithaca Voice/Ryan Landvater

From the rest of the news release:

The device was found in a drainpipe with a limited view from the outside. First responding officers and bomb squad personnel were only able to see a small portion of the device, including the battery and wires, and determined the best course of action was to remove it by use of a robot. It was then transported from campus for further analysis.

“I’m glad the device was ultimately determined not to be dangerous. The person who first reported the suspicious device was justified in doing so. The safety of the community is our first priority and we encourage anyone who observes a suspicious package or activity to call Cornell Police without hesitation at 607-255-1111,” said CUPD Chief Kathy Zoner.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.