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Adams State Police arrest suspect, safely detonate explosive

Modified: Monday, Oct 28th, 2013

ALAMOSA Adams State University police arrested a man at 6:30 p.m. Saturday following the safe detonation of an explosive device discovered that afternoon in a university parking lot. Kenan Bussen, age 21 of Clovis, N.M., was charged with three felonies, including possession of explosives and menacing, as well as misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment, according to Dr. Joel Shults, chief of Adams State Police. Bussen is an Adams State student who resides on campus.

Shults said the device was detonated at the scene in a safe manner after consultation with an explosives expert in the Pueblo Police Department. Adams State Police also coordinated with the Colorado State Patrol, Alamosa Police Department, Alamosa Fire Department, and the San Luis Valley Hazardous Materials Team. They established a safe zone and evacuated the area; there was no damage from the device.

ASU Police officer David Pino was on foot patrol at approximately 4:17 p.m. when he was alerted by a citizen to a suspicious device in the parking lot outside Rex Stadium. Pino recognized the device as a possible chemical explosive and begin implementing procedures to protect the area. The last spectators were leaving the Oct. 26 Adams State football game, and several visitors whose cars were in the parking lot were delayed until the device was rendered safe and evidence was secured.

Courier photo by Keith R. Cerny

For the complete article see the 10-29-2013 issue.

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Keywords: bomb, Adams State, Plachy Hall

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