Chemical-Filled Bottles Discovered Near U of I Dorm

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The chief of the Moscow Police Department says he thinks the discovery of three chemical-filled plastic bottles on the University of Idaho campus was likely "a prank."

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that a university employee found three sports drink-sized bottles in a recycling bin Monday near the entrance of a dormitory. When the employee opened one of the bottles, the Tribune reports that he set off a chemical reaction.

Emergency crews blocked off part of the campus for approximately one hour while fire crews pierced the remaining bottles with a sharp pole. One of the bottles sounded like a firecracker, according to Moscow Police Chief David Duke.

The chief said the devices likely contained reactive chemicals. The U of I's Environmental Health and Safety Department is conducting tests on the contents of the bottles to determine if they contained any dangerous substances.

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