CATONSVILLE, Md. (WJZ)—Just days before graduation, police at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County confirm they found incendiary devices on campus.

Derek Valcourt has details on the devices and reaction from campus.

UMBC school officials alerted students by email. Two Molotov cocktails were discovered inside an exterior stairwell of the Gunpowder Terrace student apartments Saturday morning.

“I saw the cops taking it away,” said David King, UMBC senior. “They checked it out, had the bomb squad checking it out. It wasn’t like a really huge deal.”

Police confirm they found two containers filled with flammable liquids and what they described as wicks inserted into each one.

“That’s not a college prank gone wrong,” said Matthew Eastman, a fourth-year student. “That’s an incendiary device, as the email phrased it. So it was a little disconcerting.”

Campus police declined WJZ’s request for an on-camera interview but say they are investigating what they found and say so far they have no suspects.

Friday was the last day of the semester at UMBC. Many students have already moved out for the year.

The few that remain credit police with quick action and say they’re not too concerned.

“It makes me a little bit nervous, but I think it’s probably just some students goofing off right before they leave,” said Keilan Freeman.

“I think they handled it well,” said Ryan Epps. “They didn’t make it seem like we were all in harm’s way, and they didn’t play it down either. They just let us know, informed us as best they knew how to.”

“UMBC is a very safe campus,” said Grant Foehrkold. “This is, I think, the first incident that I know of that happened here.”

“Stuff happens, and thankfully we caught it,” said Eastman. “There’s not much else you can do about it.”

Campus police say they do not know how long the Molotov cocktails had been sitting there at the student dormitory. They would not say what exactly the flammable liquid was.

The fire marshal’s office collected the devices and disposed of them.

Comments (6)
  1. chalkie says:

    I hope they got some finger prints off the bottle or jugs. What is wrong with people. There is only one use for this type of thing and that is destruction. Alot of people could have been hurt or killed. Or someones property could have been destroyed. I hope they catch and make a example out of this person or persons. Our next generation isn’t looking to well to lead us into the future. Just look around at the group aged 12 to 24. Not all of them are are bad or stupid, but look at the ones in that age range in the city and county. It makes me worry whats to come when they start leading our country in 10 to 15 years.

    1. Dan McDermott says:

      You said “There is only one use for this type of thing and that is destruction.” — I beg to differ. A quick look on Youtube will reveal many videos of people building all manner of explosive and/or incendiary devices with the intent only of setting them off in a remote area for amusement.

      That said, it doesn’t make sense that they were assembled where they were if that was the plan, and it’s obviously highly irresponsible to have them in a residential setting.

    2. Waddle Dee says:

      “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for
      authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place
      of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their
      households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They
      contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties
      at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”

      – Socrates

      I know I’ve heard stories about the fifties and sixties from my parents and the older generation. I’ve heard about the forties from my grandfather, some of the stuff he pulled. Every generation is belittled by the previous one, the fact is that we knock it off when we need to, or we wind up in trouble.

      You’d be surprised what people used to get away with, and I’ve heard stories that had potential to be worse. It (as a whole) doesn’t really matter, and it isn’t getting worse.

  2. PAUL E. MICELLI says:


  3. S. Megma says:

    They were preparing for the rapture.

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