Texas State bomb scare sparked by cigarette

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by KVUE

khou.com

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 11:37 AM

SAN MARCOS -- Classes will go on as normal Tuesday at Texas State University after a bomb scare overnight forced hundreds of students to evacuate their dorm rooms.

Campus police say they saw a man smoking around 12:30 a.m. near the LBJ Student Center, which is a violation of campus policy. The man ran when police attempted to question him, but authorities eventually caught him.

When police inspected his truck, they found a suspicious device in the bed of the truck with an ignition mechanism attached.

Over an hour later about 300 residents of the adjacent College Inn residence hall were evacuated to the student recreation center.

The Austin Police Department's bomb squad and the San Marcos Hazmat team arrived at 3 a.m. to assist. They determined the device in the bed of the truck was not explosive.

During those tests they found a second device inside the cab of the truck. X-rays could not determine if the second device was explosive, so they performed a controlled detonation to alleviate any potential danger.

Students were allowed back in around 6 a.m. when police gave the "all clear.".

Police are questioning the owner of the truck and say he is considered a person of interest. He is not a student.

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