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Tuesday
Jun072011

Police Investigate Suspicious Devices at MIT

Jupiterimages/ThinkstockUPDATE: Investigators at MIT have given the all-clear after an earlier situation involving what was believed to have been a pipe bomb. The school released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

Public officials have cleared the scene at New House and have announced that the area is safe to re-enter.

Officials have investigated and determined there was no threat to campus safety. An object that had the appearance and characteristics of a pipe bomb turned out, on further examination, to be a collection of harmless materials.

MIT is grateful to the responding federal, state, and local agencies for investigating and ensuring the safety of the campus. The Institute also thanks the community for heeding requests to stay clear of the area while emergency officials did their work.


(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) -- The sounds of controlled detonations pierced the quiet air of one of the nation's most prestigious campuses Tuesday as police popped the end caps off at least one pipe bomb as they investigated what appear to be multiple suspicious devices planted at an unfinished dorm building at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Two buildings, including the dorm, were evacuated and the Boston police bomb squad, the FBI and officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were on the scene.

Law enforcement sources told ABC News police do not know what could be inside the devices, but are attempting to "vent" two of the devices by firing an explosively propelled high pressure water jet to shoot the end caps off the pipe in hopes of preventing any explosions. Police are assessing the other devices for possible controlled detonation, according to an early police report.

In an alert posted on the MIT website, the university asked students to "stay away" from the building in question and said "the situation is ongoing."

The campus is currently home to a relatively small fraction of students as the university celebrated its 2011 graduation last week.

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