Texas State bomb scare sparked by cigarette

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by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News

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Posted on January 14, 2014 at 6:16 PM

SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Classes went on as normal Tuesday at Texas State University after a bomb scare overnight forced hundreds of students to evacuate their dorm rooms.

Clayton Warren, 24, was seen smoking by campus police around 12:30 a.m. near the LBJ Student Center, which is a violation of campus policy. Warren ran when police attempted to question him, but authorities eventually caught him.

When police inspected his truck, they found a suspicious device in the bed of the truck with an ignition mechanism attached.

Over an hour later about 300 residents of the adjacent College Inn residence hall were evacuated to the student recreation center.

The Austin Police Department's bomb squad and the San Marcos Hazmat team arrived at 3 a.m. to assist. They determined the device in the bed of the truck was not explosive.

During those tests they found a second device inside the cab of the truck. X-rays could not determine if the second device was explosive, so they performed a controlled detonation to alleviate any potential danger.

Students were allowed back in around 6 a.m. when police gave the "all clear."

Warren was arrested and charged with two bomb hoax offenses and one count of resisting arrest. His motive is not known at this time.

Not much is known about Warren. Students say they didn't know him, and he was not enrolled at Texas State.

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