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CATONSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — An explosive scare on the UMBC campus in Catonsville. Several homemade bombs were found at a campus dorm.

Derek Valcourt has the latest on the investigation into who planted the bombs.

On the UMBC campus, students like Rachelle Epstein are just now learning about fire bombs discovered near her dormitory.

“It’s a little crazy. I’m living right there,” she said.

It happened just after 10 a.m. Saturday when a dormitory staff member working near the Terrace Apartments Gunpowder building found two molotov cocktails in a stairwell.

“You couldn’t go anywhere near the building,” said David Stonko, one of several students who saw the situation unfolding.

Campus police say they found two containers filled with a flammable liquid and a wick.

“I saw the cops come around and they were all worried about moving people out of the way. RAs were moving people out of the way, and then they went and grabbed them,” said Stonko.

Classes here ended last week and most students were asked to move out of their dormitories by Friday at 8 p.m. By the time Saturday rolled around there were very few students left on campus.

Campus police declined an on-camera interview but sent out an email alerting students and staff to the situation.

Students we talked to were surprised, but not worried.

“Now that I’m hearing something about it I’m kinda like I can’t believe that happened right behind my dorm,” said Epstein.

“UMBC’s a pretty safe place. Every time something happens they tell us what’s going on, but you have to wonder what these kids were doing that night,” said Stonko.

There are currently no suspects.

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