PULLMAN, Wash. — Early this morning (Sept. 24), what appears to be two small incendiary devices were ignited on a concrete driveway leading into Wegner Hall at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
No injuries or damages resulted. The devices appeared to have been placed, rather than thrown, in a specific location so as to not cause damages.
The devices, one made with a glass container and one with a plastic container, each contained an unknown accelerant.
The incident was reported at 5:41 a.m. by an employee of the college coming to work.
WSU police responded to the incident. The devices had extinguished themselves by the time officers arrived.
“WSU and this college takes such crimes very seriously as our first concern is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the animals under our care,” said Warwick Bayly, dean of the college. “We will do all we can to cooperate with authorities to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.”
Wegner Hall is home to WSU’s College of Pharmacy and the veterinary college’s Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology. A number of research and teaching activities also occur in the building. Some of the research involves the use of animals.
No other evidence related to the crime has been discovered, and no messages claiming credit have been received.