The following is a news release from the WPD. Dean Roseman’s message is in the extended entry below.

Released April 20, 2007

On Sunday, April 15, 2007 at approximately 12:42 am, members of the
Williamstown Police Department responded to a report of suspicious
activity discovered by Williams College Safety & Security. Police
officers found evidence there that a homemade explosive device had
been assembled in the southwest corner of the college’s Cole Field
remote area well away from any buildings. The device had been
ignited, but failed to burn.

An investigation by the Williamstown Police Department, with
assistance from both the Massachusetts State Police and the Federal
Bureau of Investigation and in conjunction with Williams College
Safety & Security, identified three individuals responsible for
constructing and lighting the material.

All three, who are students at Williams College, cooperated with the
investigation. Their intent was not to cause damage or injury but to
pursue their curiosity about such a device. They will be summoned to
North Adams District Court on charges of Possession of an Infernal
Machine and Disorderly Conduct. They also face possible sanction
from Williams College.

Specifics regarding the device and the materials used to construct it
will not be released to the public.

“Possession of an Infernal Machine” to me suggests either owning an oven or getting mad at your computer, but here it means “making a homemade bomb.”

Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2007 09:20:29 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Report on a Campus Incident

To the Williams Community,

I want to share with you this release from the Williamstown Police
Department regarding an incident on campus. This may be a hard time
to receive such news but I think the release describes the situation
sensitively and well. The College’s investigation is ongoing.

Nancy Roseman
Dean of the College

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