St. Joseph’s students charged after allegedly dropping acid bombs from dormitory window

Posted Feb. 06, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.

WINDHAM, Maine — Two St. Joseph’s College students are facing charges after allegedly dropping three acid bombs from a dormitory room Wednesday, police said.

Victor Santos, 18, of Framingham, Mass., and Brandon Ward, 19, of Houlton are both accused of criminal use of explosives, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Neither student, both freshmen, was arrested but both were summoned to court, McCausland said.

The students are accused of throwing the devices out of a second-story window at Standish Hall. Two of the devices exploded near an emergency exit, McCausland said.

Nobody was injured, but more than 100 students were in the hall at the time of the incident, which was first reported by campus security who called the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

An acid bomb typically contains household solvents placed inside a plastic soda bottle and can explode in a chemical reaction. The result is an acidic spray that can cause serious injury to anyone who comes in contact with it.

Both suspects are scheduled to appear in court on April 16.

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