Bomb hoax prompts ASU physical plant evacuation

Article Published: Oct. 13, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 14, 2011

The ASU Physical Plant is functioning normally after a bomb hoax led to an evacuation of the area Monday.

Employees calmly left the building just before 2 p.m. Monday after what appeared to be a bomb was found in a staff locker in the electrical shop at the eastern end of the building off Dale Street, physical plant director Mike O’Connor said.

The building was closed and traffic suspended to the area until about 6 p.m., while a bomb squad from Wilkes County examined and detonated the item at about 5:45 p.m., determining that it did not contain actual explosives.

O’Connor said the item had three tubes bound by black electrical tape, wires and several electronic devices wired together.

He said police determined the fake bomb was left in the locker by an employee before he stopped working for the university. Police finally reached the former employee by phone in the afternoon after the response was already under way, O’Connor said.

Boone Police and Boone Fire Department also joined the Wilkes County team and ASU Police at the scene, which is about two miles from campus.

Capt. Doug Dugger of the ASU Police Department referred all questions to university spokeswoman Jane Nicholson, who said Tuesday that the investigation had ended and no charges had been filed.

O’Connor said Tuesday the physical plant was functioning smoothly, and most staff were “just glad it’s over.”

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