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Students Found With Bomb-Making Materials At George Mason University, Cops Say

Flames were shooting out of a dormitory window, according to police.
Three George Mason University students were arrested last week after flames were reportedly shooting out of this dorm room.
Three George Mason University students were arrested last week after flames were reportedly shooting out of this dorm room.

Three students have been arrested after George Mason University police found bomb-making materials in a dorm room last week, authorities said Tuesday.

Campus police said they made the discovery last Wednesday following a report that flames were shooting out of a window of Jefferson Hall, a dormitory on the Fairfax, Virginia, campus.

Inside the dorm, they found material to create firebombs, as well as illegal drugs and tools that could be used for burglaries, officers said. The items included a leafy green substance, match books, shaved match heads, a mortar and pestle, lighter fluid, hand sanitizer candles and a PVC pipe, Fox 5 DC reported, citing court documents.

Tom Longo, George Mason University's interim chief of police, issued a statement on Tuesday to assure the public.

"There was no danger to residents of Jefferson Hall or other residence halls, and there is no ongoing threat to the campus community. The investigation continues," he stated.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the arrested students had not been publicly identified.

Two were arrested on drug and alcohol-related charges. The third was arrested for possessing bomb-making materials. 

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