Student carrying explosive device arrested at Oregon University festival

June 1st, 2009 - 2:52 am ICT by admin  

CORVALLIS, Oregon (BNO NEWS) — A 19-year-old Oregon State University sophomore student was arrested by Corvallis police on Saturday night when officers found a small homemade improvised explosive device in his backpack, state officials told BNO News on Sunday. He was arrested on campus while in the area of a large crowd attending the Flat Tail Festival.

The suspect is 19-year-old Nicholas William Dyer from Portland. He was arrested after Oregon State University troopers and Corvallis police officers saw him urinating in public in some bushes near the festival site at around 10.50 p.m. local time, said Sergeant Vonn Schleicher with the Oregon State Police. The officers who found Dyer were patrolling the area of the festival.

During contact with Dyer, officers found a small homemade device which was approximately the size of a water bottle along with illegal fireworks in the backpack he was carrying. The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad was called to the scene to render the device safe. About 600 people were attending a series of live bands performing at the Flat Tail Festival on the University’s campus at the time.

Dyer was lodged by Corvallis police at the Benton County Correctional Facility and has been charged with unlawful possession of a destructive device and unlawful manufacturing of a destructive device. Ben County Sheriff’s Office inmate roster website indicated he was released from jail on Sunday.

It was not immediately clear if Dyer intended to detonate the explosive at the festival.

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