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Small device detonated on UNC campus; suspect in custody

November 2, 2017

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Authorities at a North Carolina university say a small device was detonated near a popular attraction and that a person has been taken into custody. One person was hurt.

Police at UNC-Chapel Hill say the device was detonated on Thursday near Davie Poplar in McCorkle Place near the center of campus. A video posted to Twitter showed a fire burning at the base of the tree, which is estimated to be up to 375 years old.

The school’s webpage says legend identifies the tree as the spot where Revolutionary War General William R. Davie selected the site for the school.

UNC police called authorities in Carrboro about a suspicious vehicle. A bomb squad arrived at the scene at and began investigating a car parked in a public lot.

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