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OSU Student Arrested Following Discovery of Homemade Explosive Device near Campus Festival
Sergeant Vonn Schleicher
Oregon State Police - University Patrol Office
Phone: (541) 737-3010

An Oregon State University sophomore student was arrested by Corvallis police Saturday night on campus when officers found a small homemade improvised explosive device in the man's backpack while he was in the area of a large crowd attending the Flat Tail Festival. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers assisted with the investigation and the OSP Bomb Squad responded to render the device safe.
On May 30, 2009, at 10:50 p.m., OSP Oregon State University troopers and Corvallis police officers were patrolling in the campus area monitoring an estimated crowd of approximately 600 people attending a series of live bands performing at the Flat Tail Festival on the Oregon State University campus. Officers contacted a male urinating in public in some bushes near the festival site identified as NICHOLAS W. DYER, age 19, from Portland. During contact with DYER, officers found the small homemade device approximately the size of a water bottle and illegal fireworks in his backpack he was carrying.
The OSP Bomb Squad was called and rendered the device safe.
DYER was lodged by Corvallis police at the Benton County Correctional Facility for Unlawful Possession of a Destructive Device and Unlawful Manufacturing of a Destructive Device. Benton County Sheriff's Office inmate roster website indicates he was relased Sunday from the jail.