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UC Davis Apartment Explosion Now a Criminal Investigation

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Davis Explosion

A campus apartment is taped off as investigators remove items.


What was reported as a small explosion in a campus apartment Thursday, turned into a 20+ hour ordeal for UC Davis Campus Police, Sacramento and Yolo Counties’ bomb squads, the ATF and other assisting agencies. Now, the criminal investigation can start.

Responding to the explosion scene in the Russell Park area, officers found chemicals and other items inside the unit they felt were unsafe. At this time, investigators are not commenting on exactly what they found.

They evacuated 40 units in the area, which ended up being 74 UC Davis students, graduate students, researchers and all of their families. Many returned home Thursday afternoon, the rest on Friday morning.

Help was called in, and explosive experts set about to remove the items from the apartment. But, some items had to be disposed of immediately.

“It was clear some of those items could not be removed from the apartment safely,” said UC Davis Campus Police Chief Matt Carmichael.

There were eight explosions to dispose of items that could not be moved.

Investigators are now working on a criminal investigation based on the amount of chemicals and items found in the apartment. No one is in custody right now. Police have not released any information about who lived in the apartment at the time of the explosion, or who else they are investigating. Thursday, they would only say the person injured was a campus researcher.

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