Homemade bomb found at Catawba, student charged | Crime
SALISBURY - One Catawba College student's idea to have a "blast" for the Homecoming weekend landed him in trouble with police.
Sunday morning, just after midnight, police and firefighters were called to Purcell Residence Hall on the campus of Catawba College.
The fire department had responded to a call about a smoking trash can at the right side of the building.
A student, John O'Planick, told firefighters that a friend had told him how to make a bomb using using a two liter bottle and various household ingredients.
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O'Planick told police he decided to make the bomb because he had heard about them but had never actually seen one.
O'Planick stated that he created the bomb then placed it outside the window of the dorm.
It exploded a short time later.
He then made a second bomb, according to police, placed it on the kitchen table, then sat down on a couch to see what would happen.
The bomb exploded, filling the area with smoke. O'Planick then took it outside and put it in the trash can.
O'Planick also told police he had been drinking.
O'Planick was charged with two counts of possession of explosives on school property.
He was released to the custody of a family member.
This is a statement obtained by WBTV from Catawba College: John O’Planick is suspended from classes and from campus. He was charged with two felony counts of having explosives on educational property and will be arraigned on those charges in court.