October 10, 2005

Terrorism at Georgia Tech (UPDATED)

georgia_tech_tower.jpgUPDATED: Scroll down for updates. This is looking less like terrorism, and more like a minor prank.

One bomb exploded and two more have been found at Georgia Tech.

Via Jason at Generation Why and Reaganites Unite this news report:

Three explosive devices found in a courtyard between two Georgia Tech dormitories on the East Campus Monday morning were part of a "terrorist act," an Atlanta police official said.

One of the devices exploded, injuring the custodian who found them inside a plastic bag. Two others were detonated by a bomb squad.

The custodian suffered ringing to the ears and was treated at a local hospital. The events led to a temporary evacuation Monday morning.

"It is a terrorist act at this point and depending on the outcome of the investigation it potentially could become a federal violation as well," said Major C.W. Moss of the Atlanta Police Department.

Keep in mind that the Atlanta's Centennial Park bombings in 1996 were very close to Georgia Tech.


UPDATE: Witnesses from the scene are suggesting that this may be no more than a minor prank. Let me confess something: Many years ago, before the GWOT, I constructed more than my fair share of dry-ice powered bottle-bombs. Here is what one reader, Stephen-- who I checked into and is actually at Georgia Tech --says happened at the scene:

I walked by the janitor at about 8:40 as I went to go eat breakfast. I heard the pop not 15 feet away from him (I was basically in front of dumpsters by Cloudman - he was by trash cans outside Glenn). I turned around when I heard it, it looked like he had just pinched a plastic bag with his clamper picker upper things - it was louder than a ziploc explosion but not that loud.
So, looks like a false alarm folks. Carry on.

One important aspect of the case, however, is how the Atlanta Police jumped to the conclusion that this was an act of terror. It looks like they were wrong, but I am happy that law enforcement is erring on the side of caution in Atlanta.

Now contrast that with how the University of Oklahoma jumped to the conclusion, less than 90 minutes after the suicide-bombing of Joel Henry Hinrichs III, that it was not an act of terrorism--even though it was much, much worse and much more suspicious.

I'd feel much safer if I were a GT student than an OU student right now.

Michelle Malkin is following this much more closer than The Jawa.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:53 PM | Comments |